Fully Funded UNDP African Young Women Leaders Fellowship Programme (40 spots Available)

UNDP African Young Women Leaders Fellowship Programme

Applications now open for the UNDP African Young Women Leaders (AfYWL) Fellowship Programme – a partnership between the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). This Programme offers an interesting 12 months assignment with UNDP at its HQ in New York or in one of its regional or country offices. There will be no placement in hardship locations.

UNDP African Young Women Leaders Fellowship Programme
UNDP African Young Women Leaders Fellowship Programme

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UNDP African Young Women Leaders Fellowship Programme

The UNDP African Young Women Leaders Fellowship Programme

  • Do you want to work to advance the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2063?
  • Do you want to contribute towards youth empowerment and employment, gender equality and women empowerment, strategic communications and partnerships, and South-South Cooperation to unleash the development potential of Africa?
  • Do you want to develop your skills and join a new generation of global leaders?
  • Do you believe in the potential of young women in driving transformational change?
  • Are you able to mainstream youth priorities and gender in development?

The AfYWL Fellowship Programme is a partnership under the framework of the AUC Chairperson’s 1 Million Next Level Initiative, which aims to provide opportunities for African youth in the key areas of Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship and Engagement, and mainstream youth and women in key development spaces. This exciting partnership aims to build a new generation of young African women leaders and experts to serve Africa and the world in designing and implementing development programmes in the context of the SDGs and Agenda 2063.

The Fellowship Programme will explore different areas of development within the six strategic impact areas of UNDP’s Renewed Strategic Offer in Africa:

1) Natural Resource Governance;

2) Youth and Women’s Employment and Empowerment;

3) Structural Economic Transformation;

4) Sustainable Energy;

5) Climate Change; and

6) Peace and Security.  

We are looking for up to 40 talented young African women to join the third cohort of this 12-month fellowship programme. As an AfYWL Fellow you will be assigned with a UNDP office under a learning and development programme. You will embark on a journey where you will need to demonstrate agility and adaptability to an environment and an assignment where your skills and potential will be leveraged. 

What UNDP African Young Women Leaders Fellowship Programme Covers

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.

As part of the AfYWL Fellowship Programme, the fellows will benefit from the following supervision modalities:

  • Joint structured induction programme hosted by UNDP and AUC.
  • Structured guidance provided by the supervisor.
  • Coaching and mentoring by experienced UNDP People Manager.
  • Establishment of a work plan with clear key results and deliverables.
  • Effective supervision through knowledge sharing and performance/development feedback throughout the assignment.
  • Participation in Unit/Team/Office meetings to ensure integration and operational effectiveness.
  • Guidance and career advice in relation to learning and career growth opportunities within the field of expertise.

Training and Learning
As part of the fellowship assignment, the fellow will benefit from the following training and learning opportunities:

  • Participation in a dedicated induction workshop in Addis Ababa (early 2024) hosted jointly by AUC and UNDP (all costs covered).
  • Access to an earmarked learning budget for relevant learning/development activities.
  • Participation in regular mentorship by senior UNDP staff.
  • Participation in a transformative leadership development training programme jointly developed by AUC and UNDP.
  • Participation in tailored learning and community events targeted UNDP Young Professionals
  • Support from UNDP on other corporate learning and development activities. 
  • In addition, the Fellow will benefit from the relevant training and learning modalities/opportunities offered in the receiving office.

1. Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work. Adapts deliverables to meet client needs.
2. Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow. Proactively seeks and recognizes contributions of others.
3. People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction. Appropriately involves team in different stages of work and decision-making.
4. Communication: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform. Expresses information and views with adaptive reasoning and appreciation for complexity and variation.
5. Delivery: Ability to get things done. Takes responsibility for addressing critical situations and delivering core value.

Eligibility Criteria for the UNDP African Young Women Leaders Fellowship Programme


  • 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. 

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UNDP African Young Women Leaders Fellowship Programme

UNDP African Young Women Leaders Fellowship Programme

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