Youth Leaders Fellowship open for application

by | Mar 4, 2021 | AIP, Opportunities

The Global Water Partnership (GWP)-AIP Youth Leadership Fellowship aims to empower young people in driving the transformation required to improve the investment outlook for water security and sustainable sanitation in Africa. This Fellowship offers youth leaders with an opportunity to acquire exceptional skills and competencies that will pave a career path and develop leadership potential.

Selected fellows will be placed in each of the five AIP WACDEP-G pilot countries (Zambia, Uganda, Cameroon, Tunisia, and Benin) and in other countries where the AIP implementation has commenced, as well as in GWP regional offices in Southern, East, West and Central Africa, and the Mediterranean.

During their fellowship, the fellows will receive mentorship, technical support and training from the respective supervisors. They will learn by supporting the activities of the AIP support program under the guidance of GWP personnel. In addition, the fellows will undergo an induction course aimed at increasing their understanding of AIP, GWP operations, and development approaches and frameworks for analyzing different dimensions of development and management of gender-responsive, climate-resilient development.

Objectives of the Fellowship

The fellows will develop skills and enhance their knowledge by providing support to the implementation of the portfolio of projects under the three AIP support programs and will work under the guidance of the team members of the AIP support programs in the GWP regions with coordination from the GWPSA Africa Coordination Unit. Fellows will also provide support to AIP and other program areas that require communications and knowledge management to enhance their communication skills.


Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the fellowship:

  • A Masters degree, at least, in fields such as water, climate, environment and natural resources, gender, and energy studies, or in any discipline that is relevant to GWP work. PhDs are advantageous. 
  • General knowledge and understanding of water resources management.
  • A solid understanding of international development, gender, water security, environmental management, climate change, and climate change adaptation.
  • Fluency in English. Additional knowledge of languages such as French and Portuguese are desirable.
  • A person living in one of the African Union members states, and aged 35 years or younger on March 31, 2021.

Development Opportunity of the Fellowship

Under the direct supervision of the respective AIP support program personnel, the fellows will have the opportunity to be involved in the following:

  • Support project implementation by contributing to specific deliverables as agreed with the program/project leaders.
  • Conduct background studies in the thematic priority areas that will be determined jointly by the specific program/project leader (supervisor) and the fellow.
  • · Document best practices, lessons learned, and experiences on key thematic areas of AIP and GWP.
  • · Provide monitoring and evaluation support, for example, to the recording and processing of key project activities or events for weekly reporting, and information collection and sharing.
  • · Provide support to meetings, workshops, conferences and trainings organized, and support youth-related initiatives within their country/region.
  • · Provide assistance to the GWP regional and country support functions.
  • · At the end of the fellowship, the fellow will produce a report on the thematic priority areas and an overall report on the experiences gained, challenges faced, and reflections.

At the end of the placement, a fellowship certificate will be issued by GWP and its collaborating partners under the AIP, along with an official letter of recommendation.

Duration of the Fellowship

The duration of the fellowship will be between six and nine months until December 31, 2021. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions at present, fellows need to be prepared to live close to a GWP office. GWP will pay for internet access, if the fellow needs to work remotely and perform their tasks online.


GWP will provide a small stipend to the fellows. GWP will pay for accommodation and travel expenses, if any project-related travel is required. Fellows are entirely responsible for their own living costs such as groceries and health insurance. However, they will be provided with operational tools, such as a laptop, for use during the period of the fellowship.

Apply by the 31st March

  • Applications are accepted only in English and only through the online platform: 
  • Female candidates meeting the eligibility criteria are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must be lawfully eligible to reside in the country of appointment. Applicants must, within the application, state their preferred duty station from the list below.
  1. Lusaka, Zambia
  2. Entebbe, Uganda
  3. Yaoundé, Cameroon
  4. Tunis, Tunisia
  5. Cotonou, Benin
  6. Pretoria, South Africa – GWP Southern Africa
  7. Entebbe, Uganda – GWP Eastern Africa
  8. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso – GWP West Africa
  9. Yaoundé, Cameroon – GWP Central Africa
  10. Athens, Greece – GWP Mediterranean

The full Terms of Reference is available for download.