Deadline: 30 November 2017
The Mastercard Foundation, together with a group of strategic partners is seeking applications for its “Youth Ambassador, Secondary Education in Africa Today (SEAT) Initiative”. The primary focus of this effort is the role of secondary education in preparing African youth for the future of work and for helping youth to acquire the skills, knowledge, and behaviors necessary to compete and succeed in the job market as responsible citizens, including both informal and formal sectors.
This effort, entitled Secondary Education in Africa Today: Preparing Youth for the Future of Work (SEAT), builds on the World Bank’s Secondary Education in Africa Initiative of 2003 to 2008, which was aimed at African policy makers and development partners, and was intended to take stock of the state of secondary education across the Continent and to identify policy options and evidence based strategies for increased support.
The effort will include a process of ongoing consultation, engagement, and dissemination of these knowledge products widely through a variety of formats. It will engage a diverse set of stakeholders, including African governments and policymakers, secondary education experts, bilateral and multilateral donors, private foundations, NGOs, private sector employers, representatives of civil society, and youth.
The Mastercard Foundation is convening a group of 5 young people from Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) representing a range of perspectives who can contribute to this project study, both as contributors and as ‘ambassadors.’ Youth Ambassadors will provide insights, inputs as well as direct contributions at important junctures, from design to completion and dissemination of the project’s products. The Foundation seeks balance in the selection of Ambassadors in terms of region, gender, and experience, including experiences with conflicts, disability, refugee status, education etc.
The Foundation is partnering with the Association for Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) to engage Sub-Saharan African policymakers and youth throughout this process. ADEA will take a lead role in working with the Youth Ambassadors and facilitating their participation and inputs in the process.
- Contribute to drafting questions for a survey of youth views and priorities on secondary education in SSA
- Support in the dissemination of the survey to young people to hit the target of 200 surveys completed
- Support in the compiling of data and analysis of the survey to feedback into the report
- Contribute to reviewing the Concept Note and intermediate and final reports of the SEAT initiative
- Conduct small focus groups with other young people to gain a better youth perspective and ensure the greatest amount of voices are heard and included
- Participate in 1-2 Ministerial conferences or other meetings in person (likely in Africa)
- Participate in 5-7 virtual meetings (primarily via conference call or Skype)
- Provide feedback and editing of report on youth views on secondary education, in partnership with ADEA
- Serve as author(s) or co-author(s) of 2-3 youth blogs on this subject
- Participate in the launch of the Secondary Education in Africa Today (SEAT) report in late 2018 and early 2019
- Help to disseminate the report and publicize it through personal and professional networks
- Contribute to discussions via a WhatsApp group of young people to be able to respond to real-time questions for the report
How to Apply
Applicants should submit an essay and a CV via email at the address given on the website.
For more information, please visit Call for Applications.