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UNFPA Youth Leader Fellowship Program (YoLe) 2024: Opportunities for Ghanaians

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Applications are currently being accepted for the 2024 UNFPA Youth Leaders (YoLe) Fellowship Programme. This initiative, spearheaded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), is committed to realizing a world where every pregnancy is desired, every childbirth is safe, and every young person’s potential is realized. In line with UNFPA’s focus on youth, UNFPA Ghana has introduced the Youth Leaders (YoLe) Fellowship Programme, which aligns with UNFPA’s Youth Strategy, “My Body, My Life, and My World,” as well as the broader United Nations Youth Strategy urging agencies to enhance global, regional, and national efforts to meet the needs, empower, and uphold the rights of young people in all their diversity.

Moreover, the YoLe Fellowship Programme is in harmony with the Government of Ghana’s youth development agenda, emphasizing economic and financial empowerment, youth entrepreneurship, financial inclusion, employment, agriculture, migration, mobility, and sexual and reproductive health, as outlined in Ghana’s National Youth Policy of 2010.

The YoLe Fellowship, spanning one year, aims to equip fellows with the skills to become innovative and transformative leaders. It offers opportunities for professional and career growth in leadership across various sectors, including the UN system. Additionally, fellows receive personalized mentorship and coaching from accomplished figures in various fields.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Age range: 18 – 30 years old
  • Must hold a tertiary degree from an institution in Ghana
  • Able to commit to the one-year Fellowship duration, based at the UNFPA Ghana Country Office in Accra
  • Possesses proactive and strong interpersonal skills
  • Proficient in English (essential for communication; all application materials must be in English)
  • Demonstrates a passion for leadership, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and social entrepreneurship, including areas such as agribusiness, innovation, and artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Shows a commitment to making a positive impact in their community, as evidenced through volunteer or work experience, involvement in youth networks or NGOs, and alignment with UNFPA’s mandate and Ghana’s development goals under Agenda 2030.

If you meet the specified criteria, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Ghana welcomes you to apply for the 6th Cohort of the Youth Leaders (YoLe) Fellowship Programme, scheduled to run from August 2024 to July 2025.

Application Procedure:

Interested candidates should submit the following documents:

  1. A concise application letter (not exceeding one page) outlining your professional aspirations and reasons for applying for the Fellowship.
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)/Resume.
  3. Proof of age (national ID, passport, birth certificate, etc.).

Application Guidelines:

  • All applications must be submitted through the provided link: https://forms.gle/vhd1uMvg28G25BAk9 before 11:59 p.m. on April 21, 2024.
  • An open day (information session) for applicants will be held on Friday, April 5, 2024. Further details will be communicated through UNFPA Ghana’s social media platforms.
  • Individuals with physical disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Young professionals currently engaged in youth-led organizations and aiming to enhance their leadership skills are also encouraged to apply.
  • Late applications will not be considered.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Successful applicants are responsible for their accommodation arrangements.

For Further Inquiries,

Application Deadline: April 21, 2024.

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