African Union Youth Envoy – Call for Applications 2021

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The African Union Youth Envoy is looking for volunteers with various skills to work with the Office of Women, Gender and Youth – WGYD throughout a 1-year mandate. It welcomes young, passionate and creative people from across Africa and in the diaspora to apply.

The call is open to all qualified African youth passionate about promoting youth engagement in achieving the “Africa we want”.

Acting on the guidance provided by Ministers of Youth, Culture, and Sport, H.E.  Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Chairperson of the AUC, seeks to appoint the African Union Chairperson’s Special Envoy on Youth 2021 – 2023. The  AU Youth Envoy’s role is to champion youth issues in Africa, which aligns with Aspiration 6 of Agenda 2063, which focuses on youth engagement and empowerment.

About African Union

The African Union (AU) is a continental body consisting of the 55 member states that make up the countries of the African Continent. It was officially launched in 2002 as a successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU, 1963-1999). The main objectives of the OAU were to rid the continent of the remaining vestiges of colonisation and apartheid; to promote unity and solidarity amongst African States; to coordinate and intensify cooperation for development; to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Member States and to promote international cooperation

Aim and Benefits of African Union Volunteer Program

The salary attached to the position is an annual lump-sum of US$  96,921.34  (P3 Step 5) inclusive of all allowances for internationally recruited staff, and US$ 78,461.08 inclusive of all allowances for locally recruited staff of the African Union Commission.

  • You will be able to do potential change-making work through the OYE
  • You will improve your current skills and grow professionally by helping find solutions to specific areas you are involved in
  • You will become part of and connect with an amazing network of like-minded young people from across Africa  from various backgrounds with various skill sets
  • Upon the successful completion of your full commitment, you will get a letter of recommendation form the OYE for your professional, self-development or educational use

Duration of Award: The Appointment will be made on a fixed term contract for a period of one (1) year, of which the first three (3) months will be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract may be renewed for a similar period subject to funding availability, satisfactory performance and agreed deliverables. 

The Youth Envoy will work under the guidance of the AUC Chairperson, through the Cabinet, in close collaboration with the Women, Gender and Youth Directorate (WGYD).
The Youth Envoy will work closely with the Women, Gender and Youth Directorate (WGYD) to 

  • Champion AU’s youth policies, 
  • Promote policy and partnership for youth engagement, and 
  • Mobilize political commitments on youth issues.

Main Functions

  • Advocate for the development and implementation of AU youth development and engagement frameworks, policies, strategies and programmes
  • Champion and promote best practices on youth development and engagement
  • Consult and mobilize youth networks, to dialogue and engage in the development and implementation of AU Youth Frameworks 
  • Work closely with the Women, Gender and Youth Directorate to ensure alignment in content and priorities for youth Development and engagement the office of the Youth Envoy 
  • Represent African youth voices in AU policy processes
  • Undertake additional tasks as requested by the AUC Chairperson

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Requirements for African Union Volunteer Program Qualification

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Candidates must be citizens of an AU Member State;
  • Candidates must be between the ages of 15-35 for the duration of the appointment;
  • Candidates must have completed at least post-secondary education;
  • Candidates must have demonstrated leadership and advocacy skills on youth development issues at regional and continental levels;
  • Candidates must have demonstrated skills in initiating, facilitating, and sustaining multi-stakeholder dialogues and engagement;
  • Candidates should be proficient in at least one AU official language Arabic, English, French, and Portuguese

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Candidates for African Union Youth Envoy must have Master’s degree in Development Studies or any related field with a Minimum progressive work experience of 3 years in public policy, public engagement, youth development, project management or related fields;
  • Experience working on youth development issues
  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages, fluency in another AU language is an added advantage.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies or any related field with a Minimum progressive work experience 5 years in public policy, public engagement, youth development, project management or related fields;

Required Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills 
  • Sound planning and organizational skills
  • Creativity and drive to innovate
  • Ability to negotiate diplomatically
  • Ability to delegate the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority with regard to performance management and professional development 

Documents Required for Application

 Attach the following documents:

  • Your updated professional CV (no longer than 3 pages)
  • Bio page of your passport (or national ID)
  • Copy of your highest completed qualification

Attach your cover letter (no more than 1.5 pages). In your cover letter please respond to the following questions:

  • Why do you want to become an African Union Youth Envoy?
  • What makes you the best candidate for AU-Youth Envoy?
  • What skills are you bringing to the 

Application Deadline

October 5, 2021

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to African Union on to apply

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