2021 UNV-UN Women Young Leaders Programme for Young Women from the Global South

Deadline: January 25, 2021.

UN Women and UNV launch the new Young Women Leaders Initiative to create professional opportunities for leaders of tomorrow and further enhance diversity in UN Women. We invite 10 young women from the Global South to serve as UN Youth Volunteers at UN Women Headquarters in New York.

UN Women, in partnership with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, is excited to introduce the UN Women “Young Women Leaders” (YWL) initiative. The YWL initiative will engage a diverse cohort of young women from the Global South who are committed to gender equality and women’s empowerment and to the mission and work of the United Nations. 


  1. Candidate age: between 18 and 29 throughout the entire duration of their assignment.
  2. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.
  3. Required degree level: Bachelor degree or equivalentEducation – Additional Comments:

Bachelor’s degree (with two years of experience) or Master’s degree (with minimum one year of experience) in a related field is required:

  1. Administration –Business & Administration
  2. Communications & Advocacy –communications, public relations, journalism
  3. Partnership & Resource Mobilization –economics, business management, social sciences, public administration, international relations, communications, women’s studies
  4. Strategic Planning –international development or public administration, economics
  5. UN Coordination –international development, public administration, public policy, or other social science
  6. Policy Support – social sciences, human rights, gender/women’s studies, international development


  1. The Young Women Leaders Programme is an opportunity for 10 young women from the global South to bring their voices, passion and commitment to Gender Equality by learning and contributing across UN Women’s operations in New York City for one year.
  2. Each UN Youth Volunteer under the Young Women Leaders Programme will work closely under the supervision of an experienced UN Women subject matter expert, to develop a work and learning plan.
  3. A specific set of tasks mutually agreed upon between the Young Women Leader (YWL) and supervisor will be drawn from the following broad areas of work taking into consideration career aspirations, individual motivation and organizational needs.


  1. As part of the Young Women Leaders initiative, UN Women and UNV will recruit the first cohort of 10 young, talented and dedicated women to serve at UN Women’s headquarters as UN Youth Volunteers.
  2. While participating in a structured professional development programme, the YWL participants will be mentored by leaders in their respective fields of expertise.
  3. They will have the opportunity to contribute to gender equality and women’s empowerment and become part of a network of young leaders at UN Women.

OFFICIAL LINK: https://www.unv.org/News/UN-Women-and-UNV-launch-new-Young-Women-Leaders-Initiative

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