The Special Youth Programme fellowship consists of an initial 4.5 months fellowship at UNFPA Headquarters, New York, followed – upon satisfactory performance – by a continued fellowship of another 4.5 months in the UNFPA Regional Office or Country Office in the region / country of the fellow.
UNFPA is currently recruiting for a group of fellows to start their fellowships in April/May.
This programme is designed to give young people from developing countries opportunities to engage in policy development and programming; to help build the capacity of young people; and to sensitize both the young people and UNFPA staff on partnering to address adolescent and youth issues.
During the course of the programme, fellows will:
Attend and participate in UNFPA and UN events and meetings as appropriate
Undertake research and writing assignments
Contribute to ongoing projects and programmes
Organize a final presentation to UNFPA HQ staff on their projects and fellowships in Headquarters
Interact with the New York local youth community on at least one occasion
Develop a relationship with the Regional and Country Office and provide updates on their activities during the HQ fellowship
Provide updates to HQ during fellowship at Regional or Country Office
In addition to development opportunities to experience working with a UN agency such as UNFPA, all qualified candidates will be provided the following:
Cost of return travel from country of origin
Assistance with travel documents and visa requirements
Subsistence allowance (for meals and other basic needs)
A workstation and internet access
Opportunities to be mentored by UNFPA staff on issues of interest
Administrative assistance as required
Qualifications and Experience
Criteria: Candidates must have some programme experience in areas of UNFPA’s mandate. These areas include: young people’s sexual and reproductive health, reproductive rights, humanitarian response, population, gender, culture, human rights, HIV prevention, poverty reduction, and sustainable livelihoods.
Eligibility: The following are the eligibility requirements for applying to this programme:
Aged between 20-24 years old during the fellowship
Residence and nationality of a developing country (Applicants from developed countries will not be considered for this programme, but are invited to apply for UNFPA’s regular internship programme)
Established interest and dedication to development issues through previous experiences or affiliation with a youth network or NGO working on development issues
Basic leadership and advocacy skills
Basic understanding of issues of importance to UNFPA and what the organization stands for
English language skills (written and oral)
Commitment to return to home country to undertake follow up work with young people
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