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, 


For More Information:

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


  1. intrested but i’m undergraduate in diploma of International Relation,and i have a Human Resource Managment certificate any ideas !

  2. Thank you. This is awesome but limited to medical students / professionals. How can you help a medical graduate/professional who’s interested in applying?

  3. I have just completed my undergraduate course in Business Information Technology, and currently in internship, till end of October, 2015, awaiting graduation in December, 2015, and very much interested to be a volunteer. Will I be considered by the fact that I will not have received my degree certificate, during this period of application. Thank you for your responses.

  4. Comment:am very much intrested, am self employed,a graduate of Ed Biology ,hair stylist, runs a small scale boutque. Will really like to be a part of this great vision.sir I pray my request will be giving consideration. Thanks

  5. This a great opportunity, I’m interested and wish to join
    I love to volunteer especially if it AU staffs!!
    I did geography and environmental studies at university of Dar es salaam, my degree certificate is available in November, please advise me , and I’m not from the same country, I’m from Rwanda and I didn’t see it on the list.

  6. Hello Sir/Madam,
    Please I have been looking for these kinds of opportunities to pass through my aspirations as a young Pan African ever since i was 12 years old but was in my village without internet. Today I’m 38 years old but having to realize that this opportunity is presenting itself now to me.
    I still want to apply though it has been stipulated that you need youths of 33 years old. May I send my application?
    I believe in the aspirtions I want to bring to the AU lamplight and it is only through this furum that I can do this. Please I wish to plead hat you consider my age.
    Thanks very much and I shall be waitng for your response soonest.
    Best Regards to the AU Family of selection team
    Nurse/ Graphic Designer

  7. Comment: Please Sir, I am an N.C.E. holder and I studied English Language and Social Studies.
    Can this take me to this life changing trip?

  8. Hi,I graduated in December 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration(marketing).I won’t have my certificate until December this year,right now I have just an attestation from my university,can I apply with it?Thanks in advance for your response.

  9. Hi,I graduated in December 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.I won’t have my certificate till December this year,however I have an attestation from my university,can I use this to apply?thanks in advance for a response.

  10. This is a wonderful idea, I have a first degree in Biochemistry and now an entrepreneur who is one of the Key distributors for a food processing industry in Ghana. I will be very glad to volunteer as a young professional for the well being of the African continent and the world at large.

  11. what an opportunity! I am a youth aged 30 working as a social case worker in the umbrella body of disabled peoples organizations called the Federation of Disability Organizations in Malawi [FEDOMA] I do have a Diploma in Rural and Community Development and has a vast experience in human rights and disability rights.
    I am also president for youth with disabilities in Malawi who has formed a network called Fedoma Youth Network
    I am a person with Epilepsy championing advocacy for persons with Epilepsy with my position in the Malawi Epilepsy Association as a General Secretary.

    Am I qualified to apply?

  12. I’m interest to that volunteer. I graduate Bachelor degree of Computer Engineering, please advice me. I do not have volunter expereince. please help

  13. please where do I find the list of available posts or positions to apply for? And I have a masters degree in view to be completed latest January. Am I still eligible to apply? Counting on ur swift response..! Many thanks

  14. Who are u throwing these questions at? Why not make research on your own.. by the way for undergraduates, don’t bother applying if ur certificate isnt ready. For the married person, ofcourse you will be considered. Its just your choice whether or not to apply. One last thing, download nd open the form on your Ms Word enabled PC. So simple.. we should learn to be more independent and not expect to be spoon fed all the time.


  15. i’m interested in volunteering my self but i don’t have an international passport, is there an alternative, probably like scanning my drivers licence?

  16. please, kindly put me through, I was able to open the application form, and after the download it is showing that it is read only, how am I to fill the form? There is also no “submit” on the said page. thank you!

  17. Am interested and I completed my Bsc in December 2014 But am only able to collect my attestation because the certificates are not yet ready for our class…. will that be considered

  18. I am very much interested in the program but i have been unable to process my passport by 25th September.
    what else can i use as my identification as requested document four (scanned copy of the identity page on your passport).
    Thank you and i hope to get a response from you soon

  19. Thank you for this big opportunity however, am a diploma holder and in the organisation that am volunteering with, i have had such a volunteering opportunity for ten month in Zambia under The Youth Sports Exchange program last year and i feel the experience i have got from this exchange program can enable me to explore my talent more in another country other than Zambia.I need advise.

  20. I am very interested in this kind of opportunity I did my nysc with Ecowas parliament I have my the requiment I hope AU will consider my application…
    Thank you
    Yusuf bulama Mohammed

  21. I have completed my degree and will graduate November 2015,that is when l ll get my certificate,can l use my academic transcript and still be eligible?

  22. This really is a great opportunity. My concern is that after the completion of this scheme, is there a guaranteed job opportunity awaiting the participants?


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