The African Union Youth Volunteer Corps (AU-YVC), established in 2010, is a continental development program that promotes youth volunteerism in Africa. 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. The next intake of volunteers for deployment in 2017 will be 02nd – 22nd August 2016.

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants have to meet the following criteria:

  • Citizen of AU Member State or African Diaspora;
  • Age 18 – 33 years;
  • Has a post-secondary certified qualifications (TVET, Bachelor’s degree or equivalent)
  • Available to dedicate 12 (twelve) months for volunteer work;
  • Willing to live and work in another AU Member State;
  • Is proficient in at least one official AU language (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese);
  • Has at least one year verifiable volunteering experience and one year professional work experience.

Eligible Fields of Qualification

For the next intake of AU Youth Volunteers, the following fields of qualification and expertise are required:

§  Accounting

§  Agriculture

§  Communication Studies

§  Computer Science

§  Diverse Natural Science Fields

§  Economics

§  Education

§  Environmental Management

§  Gender Studies

§  Human Resources Management

§  Human rights

§  International relations

§  Journalism

§  Law

§  Political Science

§  Space Science

§  Statistics

§  Translation/Interpretation

 

Application Process:

  1. Register on the AU-YVC Database (africa-youth.org/auyvc)
  2. Read carefully the information on the website
  3. Build Your Profile
  4. Attach the following:
    • Scanned copy of identity page on your passport
    • Highest qualification degree
    • Letter of Recommendation
  5. Submit application (latest by 22nd August 2016 midnight Addis Ababa time)

 

*Late applications and applications that do not contain all requested documents will not be considered

*THOSE WHO HAD APPLIED BEFORE ARE REQUESTED TO RE-APPLY

Recruitment Process:

  • 23rd August – eligibility Check;
  • 15th September: Successful applicants will be notified;
  • 15th October – 01st November: AU-YVC pre-deployment training;
  • 2017: Deployment of trained volunteers.

Volunteer Entitlements:

For the successful candidates, the African Union Commission and partners will cover the full costs of their pre-deployment training and cost of their deployment.

 

On deployment, the African Union Youth Volunteers receive the following:

  • Economy return air ticket from home town to place of deployment
  • A modest monthly stipend
  • Health insurance cover
  • Separation allowance on successful completion of twelve months

More Information:

For more information, please contact Ms Prudence Ngwenya (Head of Youth Division); Mr Daniel Adugna (AU-YVC Program Manager)

youth@africa-union.org

www.africa-youth.org/auyvc

www.facebook.org/auyvc

I’ll like to share with you some of the best Inspirational Quotations to Maximize Your Potential. These quotes have been really helpful to me over the last ten years when I was at the stage of discovering my purpose and finding meaning in life. Please feel free to comment or send me your awesome feedback. – Joseph M D Johnson

  1. “It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career.” –Carlton Fisk
  2. “Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.” – Robert H. Schuller
  3. “Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small.” – Tim Ferriss
  4. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude” – Maya Angelou
  5. “If you don’t build your dream. Someone will hire you to help build theirs.” – Tony Gaskins 
  6. “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson
  7. “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” – Nora Roberts
  8. “No man can succeed in a line of endeavor which he does not like.” – Napoleon Hill
  9. “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” – Vince Lombardi
  10. “You never stop earning when you do what you love.” – Asha Tyson
  11. “Communication–the human connection–is the key to personal and career success.” – Paul J. Meyer
  12. “What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team.” – Benjamin F. Fairless
  13. “I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it.” – Lou Holtz 
  14. “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” –Mark Twain
  15. “Don’t set compensation as a goal. Find work you like, and the compensation will follow.” –Harding Lawrence
  16. “Great work is done by people who are not afraid to be great.” – Fernando Flores
  17. “The only way to get people to like working hard is to motivate them. Today, people must understand why they’re working hard. Every individual in an organization is motivated by something different.” –Rick Pitino
  18. “Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.” –Katherine Whitehorn
  19. “The only person you are destined become is the person you decide to be.” –  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  20. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” –Aristotle

Reference: http://addicted2success.com/quotes/20-powerful-quotes-that-will-maximize-your-potential/

The synopsis to his book, “The Empowerneurship,” Joseph M D Johnson idea is drawn from his experience of being socially discriminated and excluded from decision-making processes ostracized and categorized by war, lack of self-sufficiency and highly dependent on charity, or welfare as a Liberian refugee. The turning point of his life is as a result from strongly believing in God, gaining knowledge from pages of books and his ability to lead a social youth organization in a positive direction by proper leadership, adapting to changing environment and understanding his own strengths and weaknesses.

THE EMPOWERNEURSHIP

Over the years experts have been thinking about a new creative and innovative way to contribute their wisdom to the empowered entrepreneur’s communities around the globe. Professionals continue to find out new ways to turn goals into relevant realities. Successful businessmen have a joint belief that entrepreneurs have different believe then other people. These different beliefs set a stage between Empowerment and Entrepreneurship.

Joseph M D Johnson, for the first time since the inception of business ideas and the evolution of the concepts, empowerment and entrepreneurship has coined an ingenious 21st century business term, “Empowerneurship.” Through Empowerneurship the possibility to find a way to become more creative and innovative in achieving maximum success exists. His concept is simple and straightforward yet providing a classic model through obtaining basic opportunities for marginalized people through the significant qualities of leadership, initiative and innovation in business.

Empowerneurship is a master piece of enlighten business concept that demonstrates deep principle that experts are curious to synergize into their new experience of business and personal development knowledge. The future of motivating, developing and empowering entrepreneurs is empowerneurship.

Empowerneurship draws more meaning from the assumption of taking risk and dealing with the uncertainty by the ‘empowerneur.’ The attention drawn from the function of an empowerneur with focus and clarity is done through the help for marginalized people and those who share their own access to opportunities and benefits. The significant beauty of the term “Empowerneurship,” would be in agreement with either the French economist Jean-Baptiste Say, the man who have the credit for coining the term entrepreneur or the Irish-French economist Richard Cantillon who first defined it.

For speaking appointment eMail: johnsonjmd_02@hotmail.com OR Call: +233 244 184181

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Hey, welcome to my blog where you will find great youth opportunities. I encourage you to apply for the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship Application and wish you all the best!

For more information follow the link: https://youngafricanleaders.state.gov/washington-fellowship/apply/

Click Here to Apply to be a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow.

2015 MANDELA WASHINGTON FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

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MANDELA WASHINGTON FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS TIMELINE

  • October 7, 2014- Application opens
  • November 5, 2014: Application deadline
  • January–February 2015: Semifinalists interviewed by local U.S. embassies and consulates
  • April 2015: Applicants are notified of their status
  • May 2015: Visa processing for finalists
  • Mid-June 2015: Fellowship starts in the United States

Selection Process:

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is conducted as a merit-based open competition. After the deadline, all eligible applications will be reviewed by a selection panel. Chosen semifinalists will be interviewed by the U.S. embassies or consulates in their home countries. If selected for an interview, applicants must provide a copy of their passport (if available) or other government-issued photo identification to verify eligibility.

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is open to young African leaders who meet the following criteria:

  • Are between the ages of 25 and 35 at the time of application submission, although exceptional applicants younger than 25 will be considered.
  • Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
  • Are eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa.
  • Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English.
  • Are citizens and residents of one of the following countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Individuals residing in Eritrea and Zimbabwe may not apply to the Public Management track. Residents of Sudan may only apply for the Civic Leadership track.

The U.S. Department of State and IREX reserve the right to verify all of the information included in the application. In the event that there is a discrepancy, or information is found to be false, the application will immediately be declared invalid and the applicant ineligible.

Applications not meeting the above technical eligibility requirements will not be forwarded to the selection committee. If you do not meet the technical eligibility requirements for this program, we invite you to visit exchanges.state.gov for information on other U.S. Department of State exchange opportunities.

What are the criteria for selection?

Selection panels will use the following criteria to evaluate applications (not in order of importance):

  • A proven record of leadership and accomplishment in public service, business and entrepreneurship, or civic engagement.
  • A demonstrated commitment to public or community service, volunteerism, or mentorship.
  • The ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and respect the opinions of others.
  • Strong social and communication skills.
  • An energetic, positive attitude.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, interest and professional experience in the sector/track selected.
  • A commitment to return to Africa and apply leadership skills and training to benefit the applicant’s country and/or community after they return home.

Application Information:

The application will collect basic information and will include questions regarding the applicant’s professional and academic experience, including educational background; honors and awards received; extracurricular and volunteer activities; and English language proficiency. We will also request a résumé (with dated educational and professional background), and personal information (name, address, phone, email, country of citizenship). Additional elements, such as letters of recommendation or university transcripts, are OPTIONAL and may supplement your application.

For more information follow the link: https://youngafricanleaders.state.gov/washington-fellowship/apply/

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Kind regards,

Joseph M D Johnson

Peace Ambassador | African Youth Advocate

Republic of Liberia

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/JosephMDJohnson?ref=hl

Are you making a difference in your community?

Apply for the Queen’s Young Leaders Pogramme. Over the next five years,this life changing Programme has been established by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and runs in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society in honour of The Queen’s 60-year contribution to the Commonwealth.

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme will support thousands of young people (18-29) to make their visions of a better society a reality. Comprising two parts, it will create a lasting legacy for the Queen through:

  • An Awards scheme to recognise the achievements of 240 inspirational young people and provide support enabling them to take up leadership roles and inspire future leaders
  • Grants to support organisations in selected countries across the Commonwealth that work with young people to transform their lives

Young people from all across the Commonwealth can apply or be nominated to win an award and become a Queen’s Young Leader.

 

Eligibility

Young people who have already achieved something extraordinary for themselves and others are also taking part in the event

Each application/nomination must meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicants/nominees need to have proven experience of working to improve their communities locally, regionally or at a national level and be able to show evidence of their achievements.
  2. Applicants/nominees must be aged between 18 and 29 for the year of the award and be citizens of a Commonwealth country.
  3. Applicants/nominees need to demonstrate evidence of their leadership qualities.
  4. Priority will be given to individuals who have overcome challenges to achieve their goals.
  5. All applicants/nominees need to be supported by a suitable referee. All applications/nominations will be considered based on the young person’s achievements to date as well as their potential and their future ambition

Award details

Each year from 2014 to 2018, 60 inspirational young people will be selected to receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award and become ‘Queen’s Young Leaders’ – one for every year that The Queen had served as Head of the Commonwealth at the time of her Diamond Jubilee. At least one young person from every Commonwealth country will receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award.

Deadline: October 11th 2014

Click here to apply

Visit Queen Young Leaders for more information. #TheSearchIsOn

The Emerging Leaders Africa Conference

Welcome to my blog where you will find the right opportunity and information for all African youth. . .Young leaders in Ghana I encourage you to apply and attend this conference. The Emerging Leaders Africa Conference will take place in Accra – Ghana, 17th September 2014 at the Plaza Hotel on the Spintex Road. Contact: (+233) 500 294636 OR 0241 839469

Link to the website http://www.emergingleadersafrica.org/

Link to the Application form:
http://www.emergingleadersafrica.org/index.php/about-us-2

Emerging Leaders Africa is a registered non-governmental  organization in Ghana that seeks to empower the youth to rise up to the leadership challenge and help establish a new generation of professionals whose high idealism will be matched by their practical skills

The Emerging Leaders Conference is an initiative of Rev. Dr. Anthony Cudjoe; the CEO of the group and also the senior Pastor of the International Central Gospel Church, Sakumono who has a passion to raise leaders for the next generation. “The foundation for preparation is planning. We must plan for the future, so that by the time it comes we are ready for it”.

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Source: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/15-rules-gain-respect-and-become-influential-leader.html

Leaders must influence others in order to achieve goals, and they must gain the respect of followers in order to influence them. This is no easy task, but if you want to have the respect of your followers and become an influential leader, these simple rules will help you whether you are just beginning your leadership journey or have been leading for many years.

1. Find your style and inspire

One of the most important things you can do as a leader is cultivate self-awareness. Knowing your leadership style will help you to be more intentional about using it well and managing its shortcomings. Do you lead with expertise? Charisma? Caring? Armed with this awareness, you can leverage your unique style to become more influential and inspire others.

2. Demonstrate integrity

Nothing can ruin your influence and respect faster than a lack of integrity. Integrity, however, is not just avoiding unethical choices and situations.Integrity is intentionally molding a culture of values and service.

3. Finish your homework

As a leader, the more you know about what you are getting into, the more prepared you are to address it well. This could be hard data like market research, competitive analysis, and customer satisfaction trends, or informal research that comes from asking around. Leaders get informed and stay informed.

4. Invest in yourself

Leaders invest in learning. Grow your expertise. Get certified. Cross train.The more you know, the more you can help. The greater your competence, the more others will respect you and the effort you made to learn about what they do.

5. Manage your brand

Leaders understand the importance of perception. Ensure that your strengths are not being perceived negatively by asking for feedback, engaging in 360 assessments, and communicating proactively what you intend to accomplish with a particular action or question.

6. Concentrate on the future

A leader’s job is to interact with the future on behalf of constituents.Spend time doing things that only you can do, delegating other important areas to competent team members. Establish a vision, and keep your gaze focused on the overall goal. Resist the temptation to spend too much time solving day to day problems if they are costing you progress toward your vision.

7. Understand people personally

Great leaders get to know their people. What are their hobbies? What are their kids’ names? What are they good at? What motivates them? Demonstrate a genuine interest in people. Care about them. Create a culture where people feel supported personally, not just professionally.

8. Position people professionally

By understanding their people, leaders are better equipped to help them be successful. Put them in places that will foster professional growth and help them achieve their career goals. When people succeed in their careers and enjoy the jobs they are doing, the organization benefits in turn.

9. Praise liberally

When people do a good job, make sure they know it. Some will want an email, others an announcement in a meeting, still others a monetary reward. Whatever the case, if it lies within your power, grant it. There is no such thing as too much sincere appreciation for a job well done.

10. Coach and advocate

Help people. Be a resource, a sounding board, a safe place to talk. If you want the people you lead to respect you, they need to know you are on their side. Advocate for them; help them get the promotion they’ve been hoping for. Leverage your influence on their behalf.

11. Forge partnerships

Self-aware leaders understand the folly of trying to be all things to all people. It is impossible to be an expert in everything. Instead, surround yourself with people who possess qualities you lack. If you lack detail orientation, bring in someone who is organized. If you forget to ask for input at meetings, ask someone who is more naturally inclusive to bring it up.

12. Ask before telling

Leaders listen. Don’t assume you know the answer to a question you haven’t asked. Inform your perspective with the input of others. Invite skepticism. Only after this vetting process can you be certain you have made the right assignments or decision.

13. Anticipate and optimize

Always think ahead. Ask yourself: “What could go wrong here?” “What if the market changes?” “Is there anything else we can do to make success more likely?” These questions help leaders create the best possible plan. Once executed, be sure to revisit, using the feedback you gain to optimize and tweak where necessary.

14. Take risks

Without risk, no reward exists. Leaders take risks, but before they do, they minimize them by soliciting information and perspectives. After that, they move forward courageously, trusting themselves and their people.

15. Expect greatness

Never settle. Leaders persist toward perfection. They remain steadfast in the belief that our best days are ahead of us, and work toward making that true. Paint the picture of what it will look like when we get there.

Inspire and become an influential leader—respect will come.