Call for Applications: UN Women Africa Youth Steering Committee


AFRICA YOUTH STEERING COMMITTEE

 

Application Deadline: 21 October 2022.

In the spirit of accelerating more comprehensive inter-generational dialogues, knowledge generation and sharing guided by the 2030 Agenda and Generation Equality Forum, UN Women East and Southern Africa region is looking for 9 members on voluntary basis for the Youth Steering Committee. The successful members should dedicate at least two hours every quarter for consultations and meetings. 

 

The membership of the Steering Committee will include: 

  • Diverse young girls, boys, women, and men between the ages of 15-35 segmented into three clusters (15-24, 25-29,30-35) 
  • Young women and men with a record of accomplishments  on programmes and advocacy initiatives related to gender equality and young women and men’s engagement work in their countries and the East and Southern Africa region.
  • Young people from the East and Southern Africa region 
  • Young people representing diverse backgrounds and experiences, including groups less represented in other UN platforms and fora.

Members of the Group will be drawn from young people aged between 15 and 35 years from the East and Southern Africa region.

UN Women shall provide secretariat services for the Steering Committee by coordinating meetings, producing documentation and meeting minutes, managing correspondence, information management/ dissemination and related tasks. 

Steering Committee Role

  • Provide strategic input to RO programming, ensuring it integrates the interests of young people in various contexts;
  • Advise the RO and weigh in on the design of youth-specific initiatives as set out in the SN 2022-25 and the Regional Youth Engagement Strategy, e.g., related to CSW, Generation Equality regional or country activities; planned research or knowledge products; background documents for key inter-governmental processes; 
  • Contribute to the shaping of events by providing information on potential panelists, speakers and moderators for UN Women ESA or global youth-related events;
  • Participate in UN Women events when requested to ensure that this meaningfully centers and reflects on young women and men’s gender equality agenda.
  • Develop a joint communique- outcome documents resulting from various workshops and consultations.
  • Provide other inputs into the background papers and processes as may be required by the RO. 

Eligibility

Age:15-35 years old with a good mix of those who fall within ages 15-24, 25-29 and 30-35. This is premised on the AUC definition of youth. 

15-24 years – three slots

25-29 years – three slots

30-35 years – three slots

One-third of the Steering Committee members, one from each age bracket, will be retained in every selection cycle for the institutional memory and replace the rest every two years 

 Leaving No One Behind: Three slots will be reserved for young women and men living with disability.

Experience and Practice:

  • Must have good gender awareness and commit to the values of UN Women, including respect for all women and girls.
  • Youth with a track record of engagement in youth development and empowerment focused on inclusive economic growth, employment, and entrepreneurship; engagement in governance/political participation, leadership and decision making; or preventing violence and other harmful practices against women and girls.
  • Should have some understanding of or interest in development issues, including awareness of and participation in development issues affecting young people. Knowledge of SDGs is appreciated but not a mandatory nomination criterion.
  • Interested in policy and programming interventions, governance, gender equality and women’s empowerment should be prioritized. 
  • Must be persons of integrity and have a good standing in their communities.
  • Young people passionate about making Africa better by working with others to ensure that various gender inequalities are eliminated and the rights of women and girls to live full lives are fulfilled.

Membership

The Membership of the Steering Committee will include:

  1. Diverse young girls, boys, women, and men between the ages of 15-35 segmented into three clusters (15-24, 25-29,30-35)
  2. Young women and men with a record of accomplishment of working on programmes and advocacy initiatives related to gender equality and young women and men’s engagement work in their countries and the East and Southern Africa region.
  3. Young people from the East and Southern Africa region
  4. Young people representing diverse backgrounds and experiences, including groups less represented in other UN platforms and fora.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the UN Women Africa Youth Steering Committee