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VSO/Georgie Scott

Recruiting experienced professionals to support youth employment initiatives

We’re recruiting experienced professionals to play a key role in the delivery of an ambitious new programme, working to improve employment prospects for young people in countries across Africa and the Middle East.

We’re looking for international, national and e-volunteers to spend between three and 12 months sharing their expertise and advice with local partners, supporting them to develop strategies that create and improve sustainable employment opportunities for young people.

The Challenge Fund for Youth Employment

The Challenge Fund for Youth Employment (CFYE) is a five-year programme, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by a consortium of partners: VSO, Palladium and Randstad.

Working in 17 countries across Africa and the Middle East, the programme will create a more prosperous future for 200,000 young people – particularly women – by supporting youth employment initiatives.

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VSO/Georgie Scott
The programme will support young people - like these Ugandan welding apprentices - into safe, skilled and productive work.

The first CFYE programmes will start in Uganda between late 2020 and early 2021, followed by Egypt and Nigeria (March 2021)Jordan, South Sudan, Sudan and Kenya (later in 2021), and then Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Senegal, Mali, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Niger (2022).

Volunteer with us 

As a VSO volunteer, you’ll be working closely with local implementing partners – private sector organisations or NGOs – to support them to develop and deliver strategies for improved job creation and youth inclusion.

By advising partners on how to create fairer and more sustainable youth employment opportunities, you’ll be directly contributing to the development of improved labour markets in target countries – and supporting young people to overcome the challenges that can hold them back.

Placements will be for three, six or 12 months, depending on your availability and the needs of our local partners. For all roles, we’re recruiting three different types of volunteers:

  • National volunteers – already based in the programme country.
  • International volunteers – currently resident outside the programme country. Due to COVID-19, you will start by working remotely. Find out how we will support you before, during and after your placement.
  • E-volunteers – based remotely, you will carry out your placement online from anywhere in the world.

Current opportunities

Due to the impact of COVID-19, we are not currently recruiting international volunteers for the CFYE programme.

We will start recruiting again as soon as we are able, and we expect to have new opportunities for business coaches and other specific roles in early 2021.

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