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. Hello,i receive the website from a friend,i am a disable can it be possible for me to apply,i have work like a volunteer in my country but i am not a degree older his this year that i am going to the university,please can i applied

  2. if you had suspended your studies at the university but had more than two years of experience in volunteer and working with development projects,could you apply?

  3. if l send a scanned copy of the application form is it acceptable and what if you do not have volunteer experience should you apply

  4. Thank you so much my brother this is a good opportuniy for us africans. I am Zimbabwean WHO studied Industrial Engineering in Cuba. I speak English, Spanish and French. I have a passion for voluntary work as lived in a communist country where everything was basically voluntary. Now due to late correspondence I hope u accept my application.

  5. Dear Sir
    I sent my application on September 25, 2015 at the hour of 11:55 pm with all my information including my degree I received a message inbox telling my that application is now close . Will I be part of the application . My organization action/2015 we was hosting the Global Day of Action September 24, 2015 in Monrovia, we was at the Capitol Building in Monrovia presenting the Liberia Climate Change Petition. Please advice me on my application

  6. Sir, I sent the application documents including application form in PDF format. Is there any problem? Thanks for your response.

  7. Comment: Good day, I read all the content and l see it as opportunity yo human development both in Africa be the world but to my own opinion,the age limit should be remove because the best hands might fall to the category of over the age.? I will appreciate response from you. thank you.

  8. I have missed the deadline for the great opportunity for this year. can you please tell me when to expect the next adventure?

  9. I haven’t seen any msg yet and today is 15th….please has anybody seen anything? Lets know to make us less dahunsi, pls reply.thanks

    • I think nobody has been communicated to yet, except for the emails that we got acknowledging receipt of our applications; if at all everyone who applied got that communication/feedback. But you’re right, at least if some people have received any communication, there’s no harm sharing with he group; in my opinion of course. As you rightly put it, it will save us the anxiety of waiting and hoping for the unknown.

    • Despair not my brothers. If it was meant to be it shall be. Wait until midnight Ethiopian time. They could be working it out.

  10. Why is Mr Ianredahunsi not adressing us for crying out loud? Am I missing something here? You guys are just quite, you have been notified right? Please talk to me!!!

  11. Is there anyone who got a response.
    Silence I believe noone has been acknoledged yet.
    Please do notify us so that we know our status.

  12. Congratulations

    I have recieved today postive feedback that I am among shortlisted candidates.

    Plz wait, do not hurry.

  13. Hi Africa,
    I have applied for this amazing opportunity..but never got any update…any idea?thanks @ lanredahurise

  14. @Hodan, what mode of notification did they use to tell you that you were among the shortlisted people. Was it through phone call or email?

  15. Should we assume that all of us who applied and are here, it’s only one person who has made it? Or perhaps shortlisting hasn’t finished yet? In my opinion, I feel like we needed such information as how many people are needed, when will shortlisting end and the like. Or better yet, everyone who applied should have at least been notified of their status, regardless of whether they made it or not.

  16. I guess by now all who have been successful have been notified. Well I wish you all the best and God bless you. There is no hope anymore for me.

  17. Comment: Everyone that applied needs to get a feedback either positive or negative not just the selected ones should be contacted .

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