18-25? Join Our Youth Council!
AbleChildAfrica is excited to be expanding our Youth Council; a like-minded group of young people who want to play an active role in supporting our vision to create a world where all children with disabilities are able to fulfil their potential. Now moving into its second year, the Youth Council is seeking new members to drive their youth-led strategy forward and support AbleChildAfrica in achieving its vision.
Disabled children across Africa are some of the most disadvantaged in the world with only 2% going to school. As world leaders have adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, which includes commitment to inclusive and quality education for all, there is a need for a strong youth voice in the UK to fight for the rights of disabled children in Africa, making sure our leaders deliver on their promises.
As a growing organisation, we also recognise the contribution young people can bring to raise awareness of our work, to fundraise for new projects and share new ideas.
Who should apply?
- Young people with a wide range of skills and interests including research, public speaking, fundraising, social media and campaigning to support the delivery of core Youth Council activities
- Young people with a keen interest and passion for development issues, particularly child rights, disability rights and/or inclusion
- We are currently seeking members based in London, although we welcome applications from across the United Kingdom
- We particularly encourage those with lived experience of disability and/or from African Diaspora to apply
- To be eligible, you must be aged between 18-25 years old at the point of application
What will it involve?
Members of our Youth Council commit to volunteer 1-2 days per month from home (e.g. during evenings/weekends), attend 4-5 full-day face-to-face meetings in London over the course of a year (reasonable travel expenses are covered) and engage in monthly Youth Council Skype meetings. Youth Council members may also take up elected leadership posts, each of which oversees a number of exciting Council responsibilities. Additional days may also be necessary to facilitate opportunities for members, including trainings or attendance at awareness raising/advocacy events.
Successful candidates will be offered an initial one year posting with the possibility of extension. The Youth Council is made up of up to 8 members, and will be coordinated by our Programmes & Advocacy Assistant, Anthony Ford-Shubrook, with additional support from the AbleChildAfrica Programmes team.
What are the benefits?
Being a member of the Youth Council is a unique opportunity to work with a leading international development organisation, learning about all aspects of our work from advocacy to programmes to fundraising. As a member of the Youth Council, you will gain experience designing and running events, projects and campaigns – developing your existing skills and gaining new ones from our team and fellow Council members. The Youth Council is truly youth-led – meaning members who demonstrate a strong level of commitment and engagement will gain the most from their role!
How do I apply?
Applications can be made by completing our online application form here or through video application. Please follow the application instructions carefully; we will not be able to consider incomplete or ineligible applications.
Videos applications should be sent via WeTransfer to both firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com (details of how to transfer files using WeTransfer can be found here). Video applications should only focus on answering the questions listed within the application form. No preference is given to either format, and videos will only be assessed on the merit of their answers to application questions (quality/creativity of videos is not being assessed).
Interviews will be held on 23rd & 24th of April 2018 – please indicate your availability for an interview on those days, if shortlisted, in your application. Successful candidates should also be available for the next Youth Council meeting, provisionally planned for Saturday 5th May 2018.
The deadline for applications is 15th April 2018 at midnight.