Applications are now open for the African Union Youth volunteer corps programme. Deciding to become an AU-YV is a life changing decision opening opportunities to serve in a community other than your own and assisting in the local development efforts. Africa needs countless skilled labor each year in all fields and professional sectors. Youth Volunteerism has contributed significantly to the development of most advanced economies and contributes a substantively to annual GDP. In Africa, Youth Volunteerism would not only contribute directly to the development of the continent but is also a means of direct and meaningful youth participation and empowerment.
As a volunteer, apart from applying your skills and knowledge to solve everyday challenges, you would gain crucial international work experience and acquire a great deal of leadership and soft skills, develop your self-reliance and acquire new professional skills.
Most of all, however, you would gain a life-changing experience of learning a new culture, experience a new lifestyle and get to know a new African country and its people outside your own. This experience would guaranteed shape your life and remain in your memory for the rest of your life.
In order to be considered for this program, you must fulfill all of the following requirements:
- You must be an African Citizen or you are of African Decent (African Diaspora with non-African Citizenship)
- You are age 18 – 34
- You have at least a post-secondary certified training and qualifications (Bachelor equivalent) with above average performance
- Available to dedicate a minimum of 12 (twelve) months to 24 (twenty-four) months for volunteer work
- Good knowledge of at least one official AU languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese) and willing to learn others
- Verifiable minimum of one year of volunteer and one year of work experience
- You have an up to date and chronologically complete Curriculum Vitae (please click on Sample CV for reference)
You should be both mentally and physically in a condition that allows you to travel, live and serve in a new environment. Also, take into consideration that there may not be health services available in the area where you will be deployed like those you are used to in your home country, especially if you have special medical conditions.
You will also be required to acquire all the necessary travel documents and vaccination cards.
The ideal candidate
- Is change driven and has a passion for development,
- Has a great deal of leadership skills and can guide others,
- Remains productive under pressure and in challenging environments,
- Is flexible, independent, and has a sense of humor,
- Self-motivated and has interest in volunteer work,
- Has absorptive capacity to learning on the job,
- Appreciates and respects other languages, cultures, religious and social norms,
- Has a great deal of social networking skills.
How to apply for African Union Youth volunteer corps programme?
Once an application is received it would be accessed against our Evaluation Matrix based on the following criteria:
- Type of qualification acquired and grades received (Bachelors-, Masters Degree, PHD);
- Number and Type of languages spoken (with primary focus on Arabic, English, French, Portuguese Swahili and possible combinations);
- Type of volunteer and work experience: more weight would be given to community outreach and working with others in teams;
- Comparative Advantage I: Why does one want to become an AU-YV
- Comparative Advantage II: What makes an applicant a good candidate for placement?
- Comparative Advantage III: Previous Volunteer Experience (its significance to the vacancy)
- Each application is scored based on the requirements of the vacancy. This means the same application may score different for different vacancies.
Final Selection: After receiving the evaluation matrix and the CVs of applicants, requesting organizations are given time to select their preferred candidate.
Selected candidates for African Union Youth volunteer programme are now cleared for training. The following steps follow:
- Successful AU-YVC applicants would:
– Receive an official letter of acceptance and invitation for training
– Receive request to start the process of acquiring a passport, medical clearance (Fitness to work Certificate), security clearance (from local police)
– Asked to send authenticated copies of their academic credentials or other documents
- Other Decisions
– Applications who did not fulfill all requirements would be eliminated.
– Applicants would be notified about this development, and could apply one second time.
– Applicants for whom there was no vacancy found and who fulfill all requirements would be kept on the database for future consideration.
– Vacancies for which there was no candidate who fulfills all requirements remains vacant
Duration: it takes on average 12 month from the date of application until final deployment to go through all stages. Applicants are therefore not advised to commit early on and resign from jobs or defer their education and other engagements.
Keeping up to date: Applicants are advised to log in time to time and update their information, should anything change in their application. In this event it is also important to notify the AU-YVC Unit
For more information,please visit african-union-volunteer-corps