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AU Fellowship: African Union UNDP African Young Women Leaders Fellowship Programme (AfYWL) 2023

African Union UNDP African Young Women Fellowship

African Union Fellowship: African young women leaders are invited to apply for the 2023 African Union United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) African Young Women Leaders Fellowship Programme (AfYWL). The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is looking for young, brilliant African women to lead the sustainable development agenda through the African Young Women Leaders Fellowship Programme. Apply to the African Young Women Leaders Fellowship Program if you are an African Union citizen.

  • Do you want to work to advance the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals?
  • Do you want to fight poverty and ensure sustainable development?
  • Do you want to lead change and develop your skills to do so?

If so, we invite you to apply to the African Young Women Leaders Fellowship Programme – a partnership between the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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About the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

The United Nations Development Programme is a United Nations body entrusted with assisting countries in eliminating poverty and achieving long-term economic and human development growth. The UNDP prioritizes the development of local capacity for long-term self-sufficiency and prosperity. We are looking for up to 40 talented young African women to join the third cohort of this 12-month fellowship programme.

Brief Programme Details

Sponsor(s): African Union

Type: Fellowship

Award Value: Travel Allowance | Living Allowance | Training

Duration of Fellowship: 12 Months

Eligible Countries: African Countries

Application Deadline: 13 August 2023

Full Benefits of the African Women UNDP Fellowship

The Fellowship programme will cover expenses related to travel and medical insurance for the fellow only (no entitlements applicable for dependents/family). Each fellow will receive a monthly stipend to cover accommodation and basic living costs at their respective duty station. In addition, paid leave and an earmarked learning budget will be allocated for undertaking relevant learning and development activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Key areas of responsibilities include:
1) Collection and analysis of data and research on SDGs and Agenda 2063;
2) Experimentation on promising areas of innovation around the six impact areas of UNDP’s Renewed Strategic Offer in Africa;
3) Drafting research papers, reports and presentations;
4) Participating in internal and external meetings and conferences;
5) Supporting the implementation of projects and initiatives on gender, youth, climate change, resilience and security among others;
6) Participating in field missions as required;
7) Providing support and liaising with government officials and various stakeholders.

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Eligibility Requirements of the Fellowship

Below are the eligibility criteria for the African Young Women Leaders Fellowship:


  • Completed Master’s degree or equivalent in Economics, Political Science, Business Administration, International Relations/Development, Law, Communications, Digitalization or other related development field.


  • Maximum cumulative two years (post bachelor/postmaster degree) of relevant and paid working experience in research, analysis and programme/project development, implementation and management. 

Language Requirements

  • Strong working knowledge of English
  • Proficiency in at least one additional AU working language (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese or Spanish) is an advantage

Additional Criteria

  • Female candidates accepted only
  • National of an African Union member state.
  • Maximum Age of 30 at the date of application.
  • Available in 2023/2024 to dedicate 12 months for a fellowship assignment.
  • Available early 2024 to participate in an induction workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (timing to be confirmed/all costs covered).
  • Willing to relocate to duty station, live and work outside country of residence on an assignment which leverages on your skills & potential.
  • Understanding of, and interest in, poverty eradication, sustainable structural transformation, the SDGs and Agenda 2063.
  • Capacity to gather comprehensive information on complex problems or situations, and ability to evaluate and analyze information accurately in order to identify key issues and solutions.
  • Additional expertise and background in digital transformation, strategic partnerships and communications, development intelligence and innovation will also be considered.

Comprehensive Application Procedure for the African Women Leaders Fellowship Program

You are required to submit your application in English. Please follow the Apply Button below to initiate your application. Kindly pay attention to the application procedure below.

During the application process you will be taken through different stages of assessment and selection. Hereunder, you should be readily available to produce the required information and material requested enabling the AfYWL Recruitment team to review and assess your application.

To initiate your application you will need:

  • Copies of your national ID/Passport for upload.
  • Copies of your academic degrees (tertiary education/Bachelor and Masters) for upload.

Applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria and include the requested documents will not be taken into further consideration.

Application Stages

The application procedure will undergo the following stages:
Stage 1: Upon initial review of your Eligibility you will be invited to submit additional information to support your application.
Stage 2: Candidates under further consideration will be invited to an on-line test with the objective to test your competencies and cognitive abilities.
Stage 3: Should you be considered following successful completion of the test, you will be invited to submit the following additional documents.

  • A written Essay (Instructions to follow)
  • Personal History Form, P11
  • 3 Written references

Stage 4: Should you be considered following successful assessment of your submitted essay, you will be further shortlisted and invited to conduct a self-recorded video interview. The video interview will include a separate assessment of your listed language skills.
Stage 5: A final evaluation of your submitted self-recorded video interview will be conducted as the final stage of your application process.

Successful and fully recommended candidates will be included in a final roster considered for the available AfYWL Fellowship placements at a location/assignment determined by UNDP.

Stage 6: Candidates under final consideration may be invited for a follow-up interview with the hosting UNDP Headquarters, regional or country office or AUC office. Offers to join the 3rd Cohort of African Young Women Leaders Fellowship Programme will be communicated to the up to 40 most successful candidates including the location of assignment and job description. The location of assignment will be determined through a final matching exercise where candidate profiles will be matched against assignment profiles/duty stations where the most suitable fit is identified. Applicants should be ready to accept any location offered in either HQ, Country or Regional office (no hardship locations). There will be no possibility for extension of the Fellowship assignment beyond the 12 months.

All applications and submitted documentation will be treated in the strictest confidence.


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