Call for Applications: UN-Habitat Urban Youth Fund Mentorship Programme 2015

Application Deadline: December 4 2014

The UN-Habitat Urban Youth Fund empowers global youth by providing grants and capacity building to selected organizations in developing countries. Yearly, more than 8,000 youth-led organizations start the application process for a grant of up to $25,000. Approximately 40 organizations are sele
cted to receive a grant and capacity building support every year. These organizations span various sectors, from technology and agriculture to education and poverty reduction.

Selection Criteria:

Successful mentors will have many or most of the following qualities:
  • Ability to offer specific, clear and constructive recommendations to resource-constrained projects
  • A passion for working with and guiding young people and youth leaders, especially at the grassroots level
  • An understanding of how to support teams facing economic or political uncertainties
  • A track-record of managing teams and navigating multicultural challenges
  • Fluency in at least one of the following languages: Spanish, English, or French. The following additional language skills are desirable: Portuguese, Hindi, Urdu, and Arabic
  • Ability to deliver clear and consistent bi-weekly updates to the UN-Habitat Youth Fund
  • Ability to coach on fundraising and growth initiatives
  • Five years of experience in project management
  • Working in developing countries or underserved communities is a plus
Benefit to Mentors
  • The UN-Habitat Urban Youth Fund seeks to select mentors to guide our youth-led organizations to realize their full potential.
  • Once appointed, the individual will be an official part of our UN-Habitat Urban Youth Fund community, with access to a global network of mentors and emerging youth leaders.
  • While unpaid, mentors will receive recognition from the UN-Habitat with an announcement through our communication channels and will make a direct impact on meaningful projects aligning with their interest areas

Responsibilities:

Mentors should expect to:
  • Commit a minimum of 6 hours per month
  • Guide the project coordinator on a range of areas, including project management, fundraising, budgeting, and media and operations issues
  • Coordinate with the UN-Habitat Urban Youth Fund team on complex matters and give regular updates
  • Provide a structure and a summary for each meeting
  • Provide a quarterly evaluation of the organization
  • Participate in a global mentor online forum
  • Offer specific, constructive feedback while motivating the youth-led organization
  • Read the UN-Habitat Urban Youth Fund’s project management materials (fewer than 50 pages) and deliver feedback consistent with its recommended best practices
How to Apply
To apply simply answer the questions below and send your resume to YouthFund.Mentor@unhabitat.org
Key Questions:
  • Why do you want to be a mentor for UN-Habitat Urban Youth Fund?
  • What personal or professional experiences prepare you for this work?
  • What is your level of interest in interacting with and enriching other Urban Youth Fund mentors?
  • For how long can you commit?
  • Do you have any questions or concerns regarding this opportunity?
  • What do you hope to gain from this opportunity?.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the United Nations Habitat Youth Fund

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