African Union Youth Volunteer Corps (AU-YVC) 2016 for Young African Professionals (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline:25th September 2015


The African Union Youth Volunteer Corps (AU-YVC), established in 2010, is a continental development program that promotes volunteering among young professionals in all Member States of the African Union.

The program aims to deepen the status of young people in Africa as key actors in Africa’s development targets and goals, enhancing their participation in policy development as well as design and implementation of relevant interventions towards the AU Vision of ‘the Africa we want’.

It brings people together to share skills, knowledge, creativity and learning to build a more integrated, prosperous and peaceful Continent driven by its citizens. The volunteering opportunities are intended to build professionalism and a sense of responsibility among the participants, thus enhancing their employability.


Young African Professionals are recruited to serve for a period of 12 months as AU Volunteers in an AU Member States other than their own.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants have to meet the following criteria:

1) Citizen of African Union Member State (All African countries except Morocco) or African Diaspora;

2) Aged between 18 and 33 years;

3) Have at least a post-secondary education certified training and qualifications, from the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree

4) Available to dedicate 12 (twelve) months for volunteer work;

5) Willing to live and work in another AU Member State;

6) Be proficient in at least one official AU language (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese);

7) Have at least one year verifiable experience as a volunteer and or one year of regular work experience Eligible Fields of Qualification For the next intake of AU Youth Volunteers, the following fields of qualification and experience are required:

  •  Accounting > Agricultural > Communication Studies > Computer Science > Conflict studies > Diverse Natural Science Fields > Economics > Education > Environmental Management > Gender Studies > Human Resources Management > Human rights – International Law > International relations > Journalism > Law > Political Science > Space Science > Statistics


  • For the successful candidates, the African Union Commission will cover the full costs of their pre-deployment training, at a venue to be communicated.
  • On deployment, the African Union Youth Volunteers receive the following:
  • 1) Economy return air ticket from home town to place of deployment
  • 2) A modest monthly stipend
  • 3) Health insurance cover
  • 4) Separation allowance on successful completion of twelve months

How to Apply:

Application Process:

Applicants are requested to submit the following

1. Filled out application form

2. Scanned copy of University degree certificate

3. Letter of recommendation from place of volunteer/work experience

4. Scanned copy of identity page on your passport

5. Curriculum Vitae


The listed documents should be sent before 25th September 2015 to : [email protected] . 

*Late applications and applications that do not contain all requested documents will not be considered.


Recruitment Timeline

1) 30th September: Shortlisting ;

2) 15th October: Successful applicants will be notified ;

3) 7th – 21st November: Successful candidates will undergo pre-deployment training;

4) 2016: Successful applicants will be deployed to relevant organizations.

For more information, 


  • Dr Beatrice Njenga (Head of Youth Division);
  • Mr Daniel Adugna (AU-YVC program manager) at:

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the African Union Youth Volunteer Corps (AU-YVC)


  1. I am N. MacPherson David, a Liberian and have a share interested in becoming a volunteer, especially under the African Union platform. Being an African, I wish to pay my fair share of contribution to African development, particularly through initiative of this nature – volunteerism. I will be turning 34 this September, but has a Master Degree in Environmental Science and Engineering with several years of working experience. My experiences ranged from the conduct of an on the spot data collection and analysis, research and development, environmental and social impact assessment, to and including developing environmental management plan, and lecturing General Ecology at the University of Liberia. Despite studying environmental science, I have long years of experience in research and planning. I have worked as a research and planning officer at a couple of institutions including the National Commission on Higher Education, R L, The Liberian Macroeconomic Policy Analysis Capacity Building Project, LIMPAC – Liberia, Key Laboratory of Integrated Resource Development on Shallow Lakes, China. As such, I write to find out when will the next intake of volunteers be so that I can do my application before age catch-up with me, as my education and experiences had prepared me to meaningfully and significantly contribute to the sustainable growth of our beloved continent, Africa. Thanks

  2. Good day

    I wish to know if the opportunity will be available this year (2016)but for next year as well and when can I expect notification?
    I am interested.

  3. I have a bachelor’s degree in geography i don’t have passport and not experience in volontariat. Can i participate?

  4. It a really pleasure and good opportunity for youth to let them develop their skill by participating… I’m interested in higher level, have degree in information and technology where by the graduation even will be in december of this year (2016), so we expect to be a part of people who will have this opportunity…thank you so much again to think about youth in our lovely Africa.

  5. I have got my Bachelor of Arts in English Didactics at University of Benin.I am also a volunteer at Copargo Hall Town in Northern Region of Benin.I am very interested in African Union Volunteering.

  6. I have a diploma and certificate in Business Studies and aspiring to lift up my country Cameroon and continent as a whole in the economic sector. I find this as an internsip program to work with other african ideasand creativities . This is actually a rekindle to my anticipations of business. I will like to partake in this event hope I am eligible to apply ?

  7. J’adore et je suis particulièrement intéressé par ce programme de volontariat international dans le zone Union africaine, car pour moi c’est un moyen, d’uniformisation des techniques et stratégie des futurs jeunes leader africain, de partir sur un même lance pour le développement général de l’Afrique. Drissa DIALLO 0022379307382

  8. hi! i am very interested,when is recruitment for 2016? i have obtained a honors degree in HIV/AIDS Management do i have a chance, i am from Namibia.

  9. bonjour je suis intéressé par ce programme de volontariat international dans la zone Union africaine. Biangpambe zoua 0023566386595


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