Fellowship at UNFPA Special Youth Programme

25 02 2009



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.
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




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