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UNFPA Special Youth Programme Fellowship 2010

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UNFPA will recruit six young people to be Special Youth Fellows from 1

April – 31 December 2010.


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The Special Youth Programme fellowship consists of an initial 4.5

months fellowship at UNFPA Headquarters, New York, followed by a

continued fellowship of another 4.5 months in the UNFPA Office in the

country of the fellow.



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 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 and

provide updates to HQ during fellowship at Regional or Country Office


All selected candidates will be provided:

- 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


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this image. 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.



- Aged between 20-24 years old. Applicants born before 1 January 1987

will not be considered. No exceptions.

- 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


Applications will open 10 January 2010. The deadline for applications

is 25 January 2010. Only those candidates that are shortlisted will be

contacted. Interviews will take place tentatively in mid-February.



To apply for this programme go to

http://www.unfpa. org/employment/ vacancy.htm and click on “Apply

Online”. Please click on the vacancy for your region. Feel free to

contact youth@unfpa. org for more information.

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