Call for Application: African Youth Ambassadors for Peace (AYAP)
In September 2018, the former Peace and Security Department (now the Political Affairs, Peace and Security Department, PAPS) launched the Youth for Peace (Africa) Program (Y4P) as part of the African Union (AU)’s efforts to advance the Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) agenda, with the primary goal of facilitating meaningful participation of African youth in the entire spectrum of peace and security, and discouraging their participation in violence. During its 807th meeting, the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) requested that the AU Commission appoint five regional African Youth Ambassadors for Peace (AYAP) to work with the AU Youth Envoy in championing the promotion of peace and security on the continent.
Working directly under the guidance of the AUC’s PAPS Department, the AYAPs will advocate the promotion and advocacy of young participation in peace and security problems at the regional and continental levels. The AYAPs will specifically promote the implementation of the five priorities of the Continental Framework on Youth, Peace, and Security (CFYPS), which are guided by Article 17 of the AU Youth Charter (2006) and UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) 2250 (2015), 2419 (2018), and 2535 (2020).
The first cohort of AYAPs were chosen through a rigorous screening process in partnership with RECs/RMs, and were submitted to the PSC at its second open session on YPS in November 2019 for review and eventual submission to the Assembly for support. Following the PSC’s proposal, the AYAPs were appointed at the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of States and Governments in February 2020. The first batch of AYAPs were chosen for a two-year non-renewable term (February 2020 to February 2022).
The second and current cohort of AYAPs were selected following the same due process and were presented to the PSC at its open session on YPS in November 2021 for consideration and subsequent submission to the Assembly for endorsement. Subsequently, on recommendation by the PSC, the 35th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of States and Governments held in February 2022 endorsed the appointment of the AYAPs. The AYAPs were elected for a two-year non-renewable tenure (February 2022 to February 2024) with the primary mandate to advocate and promote the mainstreaming and inclusion of young Africans in peace and security by amplifying their contributions and resilience, challenges and encouraging policy and programmatic actions to address the challenges and enhance their contributions.
African Youth Ambassador Criteria and Qualification
Application is open to all African Youth with demonstrated commitment and significant contribution to the promotion of sustainable peace and security on the continent. Applications from eligible youth, including young women, displaced persons and persons with disabilities who meet the following criteria are particularly encouraged:
- Be between the ages of 15 to 35 in tandem with the AU Youth age;
- Possess university degree in international relations, peace and conflict, political science, law and related areas; a master’s degree would be an added advantage; or, have at least 2 years’ experience in peace and security with demonstrated ability for advocacy on youth, peace and security issues as well as resource mobilization;
- Have experience in promoting and supporting peace processes, especially in initiating and facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogues and mediation efforts;
- Have a strong track record with the local community/area where he/she works;
- Possess strong communication and advocacy skills;
- English, French, Arabic, Portuguese, Swahili and Spanish are the working languages of the AU. Fluency in any AU working language is required; knowledge of another AU language would be an asset.
Mission of the African Youth Ambassadors
The AYAPs shall:
- Advocate for the promotion of the rights of young people in his/her region;
- Advocate and raise awareness on the AU Continental Framework on Youth Peace and Security (CFYPS) and its 10-Year Implementation Plan in their region;
- Encourage and support AU Member States in the region with the coordination of the Y4P program to enhance the development of National Action Plans and its implementation in their region;
- Implement regional youth activities covering the five (5) priority areas of the CFYPS;
- On request, represent the AU PAPS in meetings, trainings and workshops.
The mission of the AYAPs is premised on the AU CFYPS’ five priorities:
1. Participation: advocate and promote active and meaningful participation of youths at all levels of decision-making, policy formulation, implementation and monitoring of peace and security decisions/agreements; support cross-sectoral cooperation as a holistic approach to youth issues and for elimination of structural barriers to youth participation; and support the development and implementation of national action plans to encourage young people’s meaningful participation in peace and security through existing national and regional structures.
2. Prevention: promote and strengthen youth capacity on prevention via peace education, support to the establishment and implementation of peace architectures; facilitate entry points for competent youth to undertake violence prevention activities including youth-led or support to dialogue and mediation processes; Reinforce the potential of youth by canvassing support for the establishment of investments and funds that enable inclusion of youth into different projects to ensure access to education, vocational training as well as employment opportunities, with a view to reducing youth unemployment and their vulnerabilities to exploitation, manipulation, radicalization and recruitment by extremist, criminal and armed groups.
3. Protection: advocate and promote compliance to international humanitarian and human rights laws to guarantee the protection of young people during armed conflicts and facilitate safe movement and resettlement of displaced persons, to mitigate risk of forced recruitment as well as sexual and gender-based violence.
4. Partnerships and Coordination: facilitate the effective coordination and communication between youth and relevant stakeholders on planning and evaluation of interventions to promote peace and security; promote increased, coordinated and sustained political, financial and technical support to reinforce youth-led initiatives on peace and security.
5. Disengagement and Rehabilitation: promote programmes aimed at effective repatriation, resettlement, disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and rehabilitation of youth disengaged from armed or extremist groups. Promote training for young people to support reconstruction and stabilization activities of areas affected by war, including ensuring that the specific needs of young women and men are met; promote young people’s capacities to act as relief and recovery agents in conflict and post-conflict situations.
How to apply for the African Youth Ambassador
Qualified candidates should submit their applications to the email address Youth4PeaceAfrica@africa-union.org on or before [31 October 2023].
The application should include the following:
- An updated CV/resume;
- A short essay (not more than 2 pages) detailing how the candidate is qualified to fill the candidacy as well as how to make impact on the peace and stability of the continent.
- Copies of educational and other training certificates;
Application Deadline: 31 October 2023
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