Fully Funded AUC-UNDP African Young Women Leaders Fellowship Programme Cohort 3

Fully Funded AUC-UNDP African Young Women Leaders Fellowship Programme Cohort 3

The African Young Women Leaders Fellowship Programme offers an interesting 12 months assignment with UNDP at its HQ in New York or in one of its regional or country offices. There will be no placement in hardship locations.

The AfYWL Fellowship Programme:

  • Do you want to work to advance the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2063?

  • Do you want to contribute towards youth empowerment and employment, gender equality and women empowerment, strategic communications and partnerships, and South-South Cooperation to unleash the development potential of Africa?

  • Do you want to develop your skills and join a new generation of global leaders?

  • Do you believe in the potential of young women in driving transformational change?

  • Are you able to mainstream youth priorities and gender in development?

    The AfYWL Fellowship Programme is a partnership under the framework of the AUC Chairperson’s 1 Million Next Level Initiative, which 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.

    UNDP looking for up to 40 talented young African women to join the third cohort of this 12-month fellowship programme. As an AfYWL Fellow you will be assigned with a UNDP office under a learning and development programme. You will embark on a journey where you will need to demonstrate agility and adaptability to an environment and an assignment where your skills and potential will be leveraged.

    Applicants should be ready to accept any location offered in either HQ, Country or Regional office (no hardship locations). There will be no possibility for extension of the Fellowship assignment beyond the 12 months.

    Eligibility Criteria


  • Completed Master’s degree or equivalent in Economics, Political Science, Business Administration, International Relations/Development, Law, Communications,
    Digitalization or other related development field.


  • Maximum cumulative two years (post bachelor/postmaster degree) of relevant and paid working experience in research, analysis and programme/project development, implementation and management.

    Language Requirements:

  • Strong working knowledge of English

  • Proficiency in at least one additional AU working language (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese or Spanish) is an advantage

    Additional Criteria:

  • National of an African Union member state.

  • Maximum Age of 30 at the date of application.

  • Available in 2023/2024 to dedicate 12 months for a fellowship assignment.

  • Available early 2024 to participate in an induction workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (timing to be confirmed/all costs covered).

  • Willing to relocate to duty station, live and work outside country of residence on an assignment which leverages on your skills & potential.

  • 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 analyze information accurately in order to identify key issues and solutions.

  • Additional expertise and background in digital transformation, strategic partnerships and communications, development intelligence and innovation will also be considered.

    Training and Learning

    As part of the fellowship assignment, the fellow will benefit from the following training and learning opportunities:

  • Participation in a dedicated induction workshop in Addis Ababa (early 2024) hosted jointly by AUC and UNDP (all costs covered).

  • Access to an earmarked learning budget for relevant learning/development activities.

  • Participation in regular mentorship by senior UNDP staff.

  • Participation in a transformative leadership development training programme jointly developed by AUC and UNDP.

  • Participation in tailored learning and community events targeted UNDP Young Professionals

  • Support from UNDP on other corporate learning and development activities.

  • In addition, the Fellow will benefit from the relevant training and learning modalities/opportunities offered in the receiving office.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Fully Funded AUC-UNDP African Young Women Leaders Fellowship Programme Cohort 3

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