1 February 2019

Young Innovators Fellowship: Apply by 10 February to drive innovation in the UN and lead change

Do you have the drive to lead change, and want to develop your skillsets to do so? Do you want to advocate for the rights of young people in your country? Do you have the passion to drive innovation in the UN?

If you have answered yes, then UNFPA invites you to apply to their Young Innovators Fellowship Programme!

Hiring today’s innovators, developing tomorrow’s leaders!

UNFPA is seeking twelve of the brightest and most ambitious youth globally to be a part of their Fellowship Programme. This opportunity-of-a-lifetime programme covers expenses related to travel, stipend, accommodation and health insurance. 

This exciting development opportunity will see twelve fellows join the UNFPA Headquarters in New York for a period of two months (April-May 2019) where fellows will undergo leadership training, after which they move to either their Regional or Country Offices for a period of six months, in a capacity most relevant to their experience. HQ positions are open for all global applicants.

UNFPA recognizes the untapped potential of young people around the world. They want to channel your energy and creativity to develop innovative solutions in their Country and Regional Offices.

UNFPA goal is to provide you with the essential tools, skillsets and international experience that will empower you to realize your career goals; they are looking for you to provide them with innovative insights and ideas that will enable them to be better aligned with youth-problems in your community.

Innovators Fellowship Programme - Delivering on UNFPA’s Innovation Strategy

The goal for The Fellowship programme is to help support delivery in UNFPA's Country Offices of four strategic pillars outlined in UNFPA’s Innovation Strategy:

  • mHealth: new mobile technologies to increase access to sexual reproductive health (SRH) services for adolescents and young people
  • Last mile for SRH commodities: overcoming UNFPA's distribution challenges to ensure access to SRH services in remote or hard to reach areas
  • Data: Using innovative systems, technologies and demographic intelligence to improve population data systems and address inequalities for more effective development policies
  • Innovative fundraising:  Exploring possibilities of fundraising through innovative partnerships, financial platforms and instruments and face-to-face fundraising activities

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Demonstrated interest and dedication to development issues in areas of UNFPA’s mandate through either volunteer experience, work experience, or youth network affiliations
  • Demonstrated, or clear idea of, delivery of UNFPA’s mandate in an innovative way
  • Working knowledge of English
  • Aged between 18 years to 29 years old
  • Special consideration will be given to indigenous people, youth with disabilities and LGBTQI candidates

To apply Click Here. Closing Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 17:00

A word from some of their previous fellows:

“It has been a transformative journey, and I am still growing!”

“The exposure and knowledge the fellowship has given me will be harnessed by young people in my country. I hope to share a lot with the young people in my country, to make our lives better.”

“It was a conducive environment, because we were treated as equals.”

“Best thing that ever happened”  “It is designed for social change”  “It’s perfect- very collaborative”