Deadline: May 20, 2022
Calling on young Africans to join the Youth Task Forces of the African Youth Partnership for an Equitable Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic. Restless Development and YOTA (Youth Opportunity & Transformation in Africa) have launched the African Youth Partnership for Just Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic through which they engage, support and empower young people to put their ideas into action and play a leading role. role in the continent’s recovery efforts.
Through this work, they are sparking increased attention and investment in addressing critical issues of social and economic inequality that have been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. As duty bearers and stakeholders at local, national and continental levels act decisively in response to youth voices and engagement, Africa’s recovery agenda becomes more inclusive and equitable.
With funding from the Ford Foundation, they are scaling up youth action for an equitable recovery across Africa, focusing on ten countries in 2022, namely The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Kenya , Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The aim is to enhance the capacities and skills of youth-led organizations and young innovators to develop and implement policy accountability frameworks and deliver solutions, enabling them to better connect, collaborate and become self-reliant. -organize towards evidence-based advocacy for an equitable pandemic response and recovery on the continent.
As part of their 2022 strategy, they are setting up youth task forces to spearhead youth-led accountability at the national level. In total, they are creating 10 National Task Teams in participating countries, drawing on broader youth groups to formulate youth-inclusive COVID-19 policy actions and lead multi-stakeholder engagements.
Through training, coaching, and other technical and financial support, work teams will undertake a number of activities, including, but not limited to:
- Conduct youth effectiveness analyzes to identify accountability gaps in key areas of national recovery programs, including areas such as economic recovery, education and skills, employment and youth enterprises, health systems and treatment, vaccine equity, etc.
- Prepare youth empowerment reports, policy briefs and other products that reflect youth positions on key recovery agendas, with policy recommendations on how to make national recovery more youth-inclusive; and
- Design and implement national campaigns to advocate for the position of young people as reflected in these policy products, including in-depth work plans for the engagement of governments, the private sector and other national stakeholders to to amplify the voices of young people.
- Task team members will receive certificates of achievement at the end of their term.
- Members of the National Youth Task Teams will have the opportunity to connect and collaborate with a vibrant global community of youth organizations, civil society, governments, the private sector and various stakeholders working around a common cause.
Young leaders who want to position themselves as facilitators of meaningful youth engagement in the design and implementation of their country’s economic recovery program are particularly best suited for Task Teams.
They must meet the following criteria:
- Be between 18 and 29 years old on June 1, 2022.
- Must be fluent in English language.
- Must be a national of one of the participating countries, resident or from the diaspora. Participating countries in 2022 are Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Youth work team members may have multiple nationalities, one of which must be a participating country. For example, a member of the Youth Task Team could have both Kenyan and Japanese nationality, with Kenya being the participating country.
- Must represent one or more of the following types of youth platforms: universities or other research institutes, youth-led organizations, national youth networks, women’s groups, business associations, youth-owned businesses and organizations, disabled people’s organizations, religious groups, geographic regions (rural vs. urban) and socio-economic balance, etc.
- Must demonstrate knowledge of and interest in the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on African countries, as well as recovery efforts across the continent.
- Must demonstrate current or recent experience as a young leader in any sector relevant to post-pandemic economic recovery
- Must be able to commit up to 5 hours per week to effectively participate in a wide range of youth work team activities, including in-person or virtual meetings, training sessions, travel, preparation of meetings, background reading, research and campaign activities.
- Must be available for local and international travel whenever required to represent the youth work team in various project related engagements.
- Young leaders with skills and experience in participatory youth action research, advocacy and policy influence will be particularly suited to these youth work teams.
You will need to provide information about the organization you represent. Organizations may support multiple applicants, as long as each applicant completes a separate form. Regardless of the number of nominations an organization supports, it is unlikely that an organization will have more than one nominee selected.
For more information, visit Youth Work Teams.