18-25? Join our Youth Council!



18-25? Join Our Youth Council!

AbleChildAfrica is excited to be expanding our Youth Council; a group of like-minded 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 members to drive their youth-led strategy forward and support AbleChildAfrica in achieving its vision.

Children with disabilities 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 include 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 children with disabilities 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 all are welcome to apply.
  • We particularly encourage those with disabilities to apply.
  • To be eligible, you must be between 18-25 years old at point of application.

What will it involve?

Being a member of our Youth Council will involve an ongoing commitment to volunteer 1-2 days per month from home (e.g. during evenings/weekends working on preparations for events, writing papers for consultation etc.), attending 4 full-day face-to-face meetings in London over the course of a year (reasonable travel expenses available) and engaging in monthly Youth Council Skype meetings/online discussions.

Successful candidates will be offered an initial one year posting with the possibility of extension. The Youth Council is made up of up to 4 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. If you have a disability that makes both of these options inaccessible, please contact us.

Videos applications should be sent via WeTransfer to both anthony@ablechildafrica.org.uk and richard@ablechildafrica.org.uk (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).

The deadline for applications is 15th February 2019.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th February 2019 – please indicate your availability for an interview on those days in your application. Successful candidates must also be available for the next Youth Council meeting, provisionally planned for 30th March 2019.

Any questions?

Feel free to us a call us +44 (0)20 7733 6006 or email anthony@ablechildafrica.org.uk and richard@ablechildafrica.org.uk for more information.

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