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 five-year programme is currently being implemented in four of Ghana’s largest cities: Accra, Sekondi-Takoradi, Tema and Ashaiman, with Kumasi, the fifth city, joining in September, 2016.
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 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 has established Youth Advisory Councils in Accra and Sekondi-Takoradi, the first two implementing cities, and intends to replicate the process in Ashaiman, Tema and Kumasi.
Purpose of the Youth Advisory Councils (YACs)
YACs 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 serve as YIEDIE’s primary platform for meaningful youth engagement, and is facilitated by YES-Ghana.
Scope of Work
YACs act as a two-way communication channel between the YIEDIE consortium and young people, through which:
- Beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries alike feedback any issues relating to the design, practical implementation or impact of the programme on the ground.
- The YIEIDE consortium consults 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) are drawn. Every year two members of the YACs are 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.
Each YAC will consist of 7 members (with a ratio of 4 males: 3 females):
4 X YIEDIE programme beneficiaries
3 X youth non-beneficiaries
To qualify for membership of a YAC, members should 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 Ashaiman, Tema or Kumasi.
- 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).
- Passionate about combating youth unemployment.
- Interest in YIEDIE as a youth initiative aiming to increase employment and entrepreneurship in the construction sector.
- Commitment to gender equality and the empowerment of women.
- Availability to volunteer time for the tasks mentioned above.
YAC Members are expected to serve one year terms from November 2016.
YAC members will attend 3 face-to-face meetings in a year.
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.
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 following items below:
- Complete this sentence: “I want to become a YAC member because…”
- Tell us 2 ways through which we could recruit more young people in your community to join the YIEDIE training programme.
- 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, latest by Sunday October 30, 2016, to:
James Anquandah (Communications and Mobilisation Manager, YES-Ghana)
firstname.lastname@example.org / 0302 510 000