Volunteering Opportunity: Youth Advisory Council (YAC)

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Background:

Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative for Employment (YIEDIE) is a multi-partner programme led by Global Communities Ghana and implemented by a consortium of five local partners. YIEDIE aims to increase employment and entrepreneurship in Ghana’s construction sector amongst disadvantaged youth aged 17 – 24. The programme will run for five years in five of Ghana’s largest cities: Accra and Sekondi-Takoradi, before being extended to Ashaiman, Tema and Kumasi.

One of the consortium partners is Youth Empowerment Synergy Ghana (YES-Ghana). YES-Ghana is the nation’s foremost and most extensive youth organisation. YES-Ghana is leading on the mobilisation and recruitment of beneficiaries for the YIEDIE programme, designing and delivering a training programme on entrepreneurship, life skills, and financial literacy, and ensuring that youth representatives are integrated into all stages of the programme, in particular through the establishment of Youth Advisory Councils.

YES-Ghana will establish Youth Advisory Councils in five cities over five years, with Councils to be set up initially in Accra and Takoradi during the first year of the programme.

Purpose of the Youth Advisory Councils (YACs):

YACs will act as a bridge between the YIEDIE consortium and youth in the target group to ensure that the programme is youth-inclusive and responsive to the needs of young people.

The YACs will serve as YIEDIE’s primary platform for meaningful youth engagement, and will be facilitated by YES-Ghana.

Scope of Work:

The YACs will act as a two-way communication channel between the YIEDIE consortium and young people, through which:

  • Beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries alike can feed back any issues relating to the design, practical implementation or impact of the programme on the ground.
  • The YIEIDE consortium can consult youth on the upcoming plans and direction for the programme to ensure young people have been consulted at all important stages of programme development or review.
  • Youth representatives for the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) can be drawn. Every year two members of the YACs will be nominated to sit on the TAC, a body which will bring together stakeholders in the construction value chain, government representatives , business representatives and academics to ensure the policy and market relevance of the programme.

Membership Criteria:

Each YAC will consist of 7 members:

4 X YIEDIE programme beneficiaries

3 X non-beneficiaries (drawn from the Voices of Youth Coalition and other interested youth)

To qualify for membership of a YAC, members should be able to fulfil the following criteria:

  •  Be between the ages of 17 and 24.
  • Be enrolled on a YIEDIE training programme or a youth from the target group.
  • Be familiar with the local communities and issues facing young people in Accra or Sekondi-Takoradi.

Skills:

  • Good communication skills.
  • Active listening skills.
  • Strong decision-making abilities and negotiation skills.
  • Confident representing the voices of young people and putting ideas forward.
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written).

 Motivation:

  • Passionate about combating youth unemployment.
  • Interest in YIEDIE as a youth initiative aiming to increase employment and entrepreneurship in the construction sector.

Other:

  • Commitment to gender equality and the empowerment of women.
  •  Availability to volunteer time for meetings on weekdays and weekends.

Membership Responsibilities

Duration:

YAC Members are expected to serve one year terms from December 2015.

Time Commitment:

YAC members will attend 3 face-to-face meetings in a year; each meeting lasting 2 hours.

YAC members will be available for occasional communication in between the 3 meetings via phone or email to consult with the YIEDIE consortium on aspects of the programme as and when required.

Remuneration

Membership of the YIEDIE YACs is entirely voluntary. However all transportation costs associated with attending the meetings will be covered by the programme.

How Do I Apply?

If you are interested in applying to become a YAC member, please provide responses to the below:

  • Complete this sentence: “I really want to become a YAC member because…”
  • Tell us 2 ways that we could recruit more young people in your area to join the YIEDIE training programmes.
  • What types of job opportunities should be available to young people in Ghana’s construction sector, and why?

Responses should be sent in an email along with your contact name, contact number and location to:

Kimberley Green (Training and Capacity Building Manager, YES-Ghana)

[email protected] / 0302510000

 

DEADLINE: Sunday 6th December, 5pm.