13 UNV and UNFPA Young Innovators Fellowship Programme

UN Volunteer Bakoko Matua Joyce on the way to a UNFPA-supported facility that is difficult to access.
UN Volunteer Bakoko Matua Joyce (Uganda), has been supporting UNFPA’s Rohingya Humanitarian Response in Cox’s Bazar since early 2018. Here, Bakoko is on her way to a UNFPA-supported facility that is difficult to access.

Enabling young people to realize their full social, economic and human potential is a key aspect of this UNV-UNFPA partnership.

The fellowship programme provides an opportunity to bring 14 young people into UNFPA with a dedicated focus on both providing a youth perspective and driving innovation.  Selected fellows would join UNFPA headquarters in New York for two months, where they would undergo a dedicated leadership training.  They will then complete an assignment of six months in their home countries – focused on driving innovation.

We will to recruit innovative young people from around the world who have demonstrated commitment to development issues within their communities as UN Volunteer Young Innovators.

Our goal is to provide these UN Volunteer Young Innovators with the tools, skill sets, international experience and exposure to innovation to empower them to realize their career goals, thus building national capacity. Fellows in turn provide innovative insights and ideas that will enable UNFPA to be better aligned with development issues in their community.

If you are a young person committed to bringing your innovative spirit and skills to UNFPA as a UN Volunteer in your country, check out available assignments below:


Innovator in Mobile Health
Cotonou, Benin


Innovator in Mobile Health
Beijing, China

Innovator in Mobile Health
Beijing, China

Innovator in Mobile Health (South-South Cooperation)
Beijing, China


Innovator in Mobile Health
Accra, Ghana


Innovator in Mobile Health
Jakarta, Indonesia


Innovator in Mobile Health
Maputo, Mozambique


Innovator in Mobile Health
Kigali, Rwanda

Innovator in Financing
Kigali, Rwanda

Sri Lanka

Innovator in Sexual and Reproductive Health
Colombo, Sri Lanka


Innovator in Mobile Health
Kampala, Uganda

United States of America

Innovator in Financing
New York, Unites States of America

Innovator in Partnerships
New York, United States of America

Special consideration will be given to indigenous people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI candidates and other marginalized groups.

UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. Our mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s goal is to achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health, realize reproductive rights, and reduce maternal mortality to accelerate progress on the ICPD agenda, to improve the lives of adolescents and youth, and women, enabled by population dynamics, human rights, and gender equality.

UNV is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers.


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