African Union Youth Volunteer Corps - Volunteer in Africa 2020
African Union Youth Volunteer Corps
African Union Youth Volunteer Corps ... a wind of change!
AU-YVC is a continental development program that recruits and works with youth volunteers, to work in all 54 countries across the African Union.
AU-YVC promotes volunteering to deepen the status of young people in Africa as key participants in the delivery of Africa's human development targets and goals. It brings people together to share skills, knowledge, creativity and learning to build a more integrated Continent and by implication strengthen Africa's relevance in the globalized world.
The concept is in line with the African Youth Charter as well as the Decision of AU Head of States and Governments in Assembly/AU/Dec.274 (XVI) January 2010, to set up a continental Volunteer initiative.
AU-YVC was officially launched on the 3rd of December 2010 in Abuja, Nigeria, in the presence of H.E. President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Ministers of Youth from across the AU, high level AU representatives, Partners and other Volunteer Organizations and Africa's Youth at large.
Objectives of the AU-YVC
- Engage Africa's Youth in the Continent's development through meaningful youth participation by providing Service for their Continent;
- Provide opportunities to Young Africans to serve and gain crucial professional experience, soft skills, social competence, international exposure and leadership skills;
- Promote shared values and Pan-Africanism among the upcoming generation.
The Power of Service
Assisting development: Imagine, a young woman or man volunteering in a community applying her/his skills and knowledge (teaching mathematics and English in a rural high school, or assisting in a local health center) for one year has delivered an average of 2,160 hours of service to the community. It is therefore needless to say the impact an army of youth volunteers can create within a foreseeable time.
For a long time, Inter-African missions have mainly been limited to sending of peace keeping troops to areas risking war or civil unrest. African soldiers have made a tremendous impact in securing peace and security for fellow brothers and sisters in their respective countries. AU-YVC seeks to replicate this momentum to a civilian setting, whereby African Youth can yet once again be deployed to provide their services in assisting development and attaining the common destiny of a prosperous and peaceful continent.
Empowering Youth:Volunteerism is not an easy task and demands qualities of a leader to attain once mission in a foreign country. AU-YVC devotes itself to producing a generation of African leaders, willing to serve their continent and its people, knowledgeable of African dynamics, and courageous to take charge and challenge themselves on a daring adventure of building themselves and their continent through service.
Promoting Pan Africanism: Upon the independence of African Sates, our heroic leaders including Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere, Jomo Kenyatta, Patrice Lumumba, Haile Selassie I, and Nalson Mandela among others, had one common dream for the continent - A Strong and United Africa! Volunteers travelling to a local community in a country outside of their own would not only be volunteering their service, but also be able to learn and exchange from their host country. This would create a life changing experience and perception returned volunteers would have about other African countries and their continent at large.
Areas of Focus
On the field, AU Youth Volunteers would serve primarily in the following fields:
Health and HIV/ AIDS
Peace and Security
Information and Communications Technology
Business and Youth Entrepreneurship
Agriculture and Environment
Typical Environment of Service
AU-YVC volunteer are deployed strictly in non for profit settings where their impact and contributions can fill the gap for much needed skilled man power. This would typically be:
Rural Community Schools
Hospitals and Health Centers
Post Conflict Setting
Government Offices/ Ministries
How It Works
- Aspiring volunteers who fulfill all requirements should fill out the online application form and upload their CV.
- Organizations wishing to deploy youth volunteers are required to fill out the online request form . Alternatively, organizations can send their request to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Screening: Volunteer Applications and Volunteer Requests would now be screened for completeness through a vigorous and transparent process. Candidates whose application was not convincing, would be eliminated and notified. Volunteers are permitted to reapply a second time.
- Matching: Applications of nominated volunteer candidates are matched with available vacancies according to the criteria specified by the requesting organization.
- Selection: The AU-YVC would send multiple CVs (4-8) of matched volunteers to requesting organization to make final selection.
- Volunteer Training: Prior to their deployment volunteers would be trained for a period of 2 to 3 weeks by the AU-YVC unit to enhance volunteers professional, interpersonal and life skills. The training aims to prepare volunteers for their country of deployment and/or enhance their capacity.
- Deployment: selected volunteers would now sign a tri-partite agreement with their host organization and the AUC which shall guide the terms of deployment.
- Progress Assessment: volunteers are expected to provide regular reports on their activities and address challenges to the AU-YVC unit.
Become an AU-YV!
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.
Your duties and responsibilities would mainly be to serve the community, organization or institution where you will be deployed. This will be in relation with your field of study or past experience. At present the main areas of focus for AU-YVC are: Education; Health and HIV/ AIDS; Peace and Security; Information and Communications Technology; Business and Youth Entrepreneurship; Agriculture and Environment.
During your deployment your overall objective shall remain to bring a lasting and sustainable impact and benefits to your host community/ organization and promote the spirit of volunteerism and values of service.
This would require you to demonstrate leadership, discipline and dedication throughout your service and especially during challenging and difficult times.
Your deployment will be a minimum of 12 months and however shall not exceed 24 months.
Your living condition may vary extremely between rural and urban communities. Availability of running water, internet and electricity in your house or even a small rural hut . However AU-YVC ensures minimal standards for modest living conditions enabling a healthy lifestyle with access to clean water, sanitation and health care.
AU-YVC would provide you with a living allowance that would enable you cover all your expenses during your deployment and provide you with a medical insurance and a plane ticket to country of deployment and back home. The monthly allowance could vary greatly from country to country and within a given country itself. The guiding principle remains however, whereas volunteers are not expected to make any financial gains, they shall at the same time not incur any financial losses
Who Can Apply?
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 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 passion for development,
Has great deal of leadership skills and can guide others,
Remains productive under pressure and in challenging environments,
Is flexible, independent, and has 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.
After the Application
Short listing: 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 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
– 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 and application details, see; African Union Youth Volunteer Corps - Apply Now!
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