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The Special Youth Programme Fellowship at UNFPA Headquarters

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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.

Objective 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
  • Health insurance
  • Housing arrangements
  • 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
: 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

How to apply online click here

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  1. karamuzi sharon says:

    iam so impressed by this kind of program and i would like to take part, i wil be making 25years in july this year, am i still in your age bracket? i have experience in such a field, workin with the youth under Uganda redcross society and United Nations Association of Uganda. pleases reply me in time, thank you.

  2. nakawuki stella lukwago says:

    am so impressed by this kind of program and i would like to take part, am stella from uganda girl guides association ,24 years old this year .am i eligible ?

  3. Gloria msemo says:

    I’m very happy to hear about this program,i’m primary school teacher with 22 years old,it will be great to participateso as to gain more leadership skills and infomation about UNFPA.I’m peer educator and facilitator on HIV/AIDS and home based care,am i eligible for program?

  4. louis ongole okidi says:

    am louis ongole from kampala uganda ,BSCand mjoring in population and enviromental health and truly glad to hear about this special program because my course units are of that area of interest,iwould truly want to be apart of that group because iwill gain experience in areas to do with Hiv /Aids and reproductive health which one of the many problems affecting people in low developed countries

  5. That is a very exciting project. It will assist young people in the developing countries as they are the real engines of development in these areas. They are further the main victims of the low living conditions and the numerous problems that affect their countries. I would really like to partcipate in the programme.

    (Stephen Kenya)

  6. Brenda Kabasinguzi says:

    I am excited to know that UNFPA, an outstanding organization has an interest in making better the developing countries by working hard towards the realization of the MDGs. I no doubt would like to join you since i am like-minded, and have the relevant experience.

    Looking forward to being part of you,

    Brenda Kabasinguzi

  7. Nabbumba Nuru Kisitu says:

    wow, the special youth programme is really interesting. i am making 23 years in july and would love to take part in all your forums i am an active member in the HIV/AIDS fraternity and reproductive health issues of young people, so such a program is suitable for me, right?

  8. i want to know if the program has already been held or if there is any postponement coz i have applied for it too. thanks and lots of love

  9. Quadri Idris Olamide says:

    This is a very good initiative by the UNFPA giving youths the chance to be constructive positively for the development of the society. i’d like to be a part of it.

  10. sangita bajagain says:

    I am very happy to hear that UNFPA has brought such a beneficial program focused for a youth from developing countries. I appreciate this program as a very crucial steps to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. I am from Nepal and had completed my bachelor in public health . I would like to be a part of it because being a youth from developing country program will an opportunity to boost up leadership skills in social and health issues for a sustainable developments.

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