CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Youth Task Teams of the Africa Youth Partnership to Advocate an Equitable Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic,
DEADLINE: 20 May 2022
The Africa Youth Partnership for an Equitable Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic has been launched by Restless Development and YOTA (Youth Opportunity and Transformation in Africa), through which we are engaging, supporting, and empowering young people to put their ideas into action and play a leading role in continental recovery efforts. We are increasing attention to and investment in tackling the fundamental concerns of social and economic inequality that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of this study. The African recovery agenda becomes more inclusive and equitable as responsibility bearers and stakeholders at the local, national, and continental levels move forcefully in response to young people’s voices and engagement.
Thanks to funding from the Ford Foundation,
In 2022, we will focus on ten African countries: Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, with an emphasis on 10 countries: Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The goal is to strengthen the capacities and skills of youth-led organizations and young innovators in developing and implementing policy accountability frameworks and solutions, allowing them to better connect, collaborate, and self-organize toward evidence-based advocacy for equitable pandemic response and recovery on the continent.
We’re forming Youth Task Teams as part of our 2022 strategy to lead youth-led accountability at the national level. In total, we are forming ten national task teams in the participating countries, with the goal of formulating youth-inclusive COVID-19 policy initiatives and leading multi-stakeholder meetings.
With training, coaching, and other technical and financial support, the Task Teams will undertake a number of activities, including but not limited to:
i. Conducting youth effectiveness analyses to identify accountability gaps in key areas of national recovery programmes, including in areas such as economic recovery, education and skills, youth employment and enterprises, health systems and treatment, vaccine equity, etc,
ii. Preparing youth accountability reports, policy briefs, and other products that capture the youth position on key recovery programmes, with policy recommendations for how to make the national recovery more youth-inclusive; and
iii. Designing and implementing national campaigns to advocate for the youth position as captured in those policy products, including extensive work plans for the engagement of governments, the private sector, and other national stakeholders to amplify youth voices.
The Task Teams are ideal for young leaders who want to position themselves as facilitators of meaningful youth engagement in the design and implementation of their countries’ economic recovery agenda. They must fulfill the following requirements:
a. Must be between 18 and 29 years old as of 1st June 2022
b. Must be fluent in the English language
c. Must be a national of one of the participating countries, resident or in the diaspora. The participating countries in 2022 are Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Youth Task Team members may have multiple nationalities, one of which must be a participating country. For example, a Youth Task Team member could have both Kenyan and Japanese nationality, with Kenya being the participating country
d. Must represent any one of the following or other types of youth platforms: universities or other research institutions, youth-led organisations, national youth networks, women’s groups, professional associations, youth- and women-owned businesses, disability organisations, religious groups, geographical (rural vs urban) and socio-economic balance, etc.
e. Must demonstrate knowledge of and interest in the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on African countries, as well as the recovery efforts across the continent
f. Must demonstrate current or recent experience as a young leader in any sector relevant to the economic recovery from the pandemic
g. Must be able to commit up to 5 hours each week towards participating effectively in a wide range of Youth Task Team activities, including in-person or virtual meetings, training sessions, travels, meeting preparation, background reading, research, and campaign activities
h. Must be available for local and international travel whenever necessary to represent the Youth Task Team in various project-related engagements
i. Young leaders with skills and experience in participatory youth action research, advocacy, and policy influencing will be particularly suited for these Youth Task Teams
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The timelines for this Call for Applications are as follows:
- Applications start – on 1st May 2022
- Applications deadline – Friday 20th May 2022
- Selection Interviews and other processes end – Friday 27th May 2022
- Selected nominees notified by – Friday 27th May 2022
- Public announcement of the Youth Task Teams – 1st June 2022
Interested individuals who meet the requirements for the Youth Task Teams are encouraged to apply. You’ll be asked to provide details about the organization you’re representing. Organizations can assist numerous applicants as long as each one fills out their own application. It is unlikely that an organization will have more than one of its applicants selected, regardless of how many applications it supports.
Click here to download the full Terms of Reference of the Youth Task Teams.
Click here to visit the Africa Youth Partnership for an Equitable Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic official website/call for applications
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