Current Opportunities

Uyonet has just launched it's new strategic plan 2018-2028 and will for the next years be working towards building a strong youth movement.It's against this background that UYONET is looking for people passionate about youth development to apply and join in the following below positions.Only Cvs and Cover letters detailing how you meet the criteria in the job description should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the job title in the subject line.Deadline of applying is 29th January 2018.

Please Note:Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.If you do not hear from us by 31st of March 2018, consider yourself unsuccessful. 

Head of Programmes
Head of Finance and Administration
Programs Manager Leadership, Policy, Governance and Rights 
Communications and Advocacy Manager
Program Officer Sexaul Reproductive Health and Rights
Fundraising and Partnerships Manager
Programs Officer Policy and Governance 
 Programs Officer Membership
HR and Development Manager 
Design,Monitoring and Learning Manager
Accountant 
Program Associate Membership
Programme Officer Economic Empowerment
IT Officer
Programme Officer Leadership Development 
 Programme Associate Leadership and Development  
Accounts Assistant 
 Programme Associate Policy and Governance
Programme Associate Sexaul Reproductive Health and Rights 
Administrative Assistant
Programme Associate Communication and branding
Associate Monitoring and Evaluation
Associate Documentation and Learning

 

Partners

UYONET Works with a wide range of partners to uplift the youth all over Uganda. We are grateful to our partners countrywide 

 

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Youth To Youth Fund (Y2Y Fund)

The Youth to Youth Fund (Y2Y) is a Uganda Youth Network membership programme and institutional development initiative, implemented by UYONET secretariat. The Programme is designed to respond to the existing challenges of programming, institutional capacity and financial management among the UYONET membership. The programme’s design is based on an open competitive process among the members. The programme is an exclusive preserve for the fully registered and subscribed UYONET members with an annual income of less than UGX 50 million.

 

The implementation of the Programme is mainstreamed into the existing structures of the beneficiary member organization at their local advocacy levels. The Programme is being funded by UYONET with financial support from Democratic Governance Facility (DGF).

This strategy is prepared to serve as a Guide to the implementers and beneficiaries of the Programme to effectively play their roles and responsibilities at the various stages of the Programme Cycle. The strategy seeks to promote equity, transparency and accountability in the Programme processes, while at the same time ensuring consistency in the implementation of the Programme across the programme beneficiaries.

 

In the financial year 2016/17 a total of 10 member organizations benefited from the grant to implement their local advocacy initiatives and institutional development. The table below shows Y2Y 2016/17 beneficiaries.

S/N

Name of applicant

District

1

Bugisu NGO Forum (BUNGOF)

Mbale

2

Kagoma Youth Development Network (KAYONET)

Jinja

3

Amaro Youth Development Network (AYODEN)

Nebbi

4

Action for Youth Development (ACOYDE)

Mbarara

5

Network  of Youth Organizations in Wakiso (NEYOWA)

Wakiso

6

West Nile Youth Network (WYNET)

Arua

7

TUA Uganda  (TUA)

Nwoya

9

Agency for Development of Young Farmers Uganda (ADYOFU)

Abim

10

Youth after School Initiative (YASI)

Wakiso

 

 

 

THE YOUTH INITIATIVE FOR EMPOWERMENT, LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT (Y.I.E.L.D)

Youth Initiative for Empowerment, Learning and Development (YIELD) is designed to build and strengthen grassroots social economic systems to open up opportunities and promote learning among the youth for meaningful participation and contribute to policy processes.

The project  seeks to enhance capacity of grassroots youth organisations; build a youth development workers professional’s movement in the country, use a supportive policy approach in public policy processes to inform a youth sensitive policy direction as well as, develop functional systems that promote knowledge sharing and learning for economic transformation of communities.

Project Goal and Objectives

The overall goal of this project is to build and strengthen grassroots youth movements that catalyze opening up of opportunities, promote learning and sharing that advances meaningful participation, and voice for economic policy empowerment. Specifically the project aims;

  • To increase capacity of grassroots youth organizations for meaningful participation in economic programs.
  • To build a network of youth development workers as professionals to improve planning, structured engagement for increased youth access to employment opportunities at grassroots, national and regional.
  • To promote meaningful and evidence-based youth participation by creating opportunities for economic empowerment of youth in selected communities through peer to peer knowledge sharing on existing livelihood policies for sustainable development
  • To develop a systems approach to improve information flow, and knowledge sharing within organizations, to inform various intervention processes.

Project Approach: Enhance the institutional and organisational technical capacities of youth organisations through a variety of methodologies that shape youth individual competencies, collective capabilities, assets and relationships. This approach will be able to espouse knowledge generation and youth peer-learning as a cornerstone to economic empowerment.

Project target: UYONET membership, youth groups in communities, youth development workers, government technical departments, civil society leaders as well as policy actors. The project will be implemented in Arua, Gulu, Busia, Kabale, and Kampala

Project Activities:

Conduct an organisational and technical capacity assessment of youth organisations and employment models at the different levels; Develop a simplified design, monitoring, evaluation and learning manual for capacity training; Conduct tailored capacity trainings for youth organisations/ groups; Use of social media to promote information sharing; Form a network of young professionals at national and regional level to champion youth programming and professionalism; Constitute an Economic Advisory  panel of 30 youth in leadership; Develop a systems approach guide for systems approach integration; Support organizations in securing and managing resources; Promote working in partnerships arrangement and Develop and use a data system for programming.

YOUTH AT THE CENTRE OF LEADERSHIP

Uganda youth network, prioritises, training young people as leaders of today.

We  run one of the most successful leadership Academies in Uganda,  The  academy is a multi – faceted and generational change training and mentoring Programme intended to promote more pluralistic, representative and accountable governance which is pro – people and pro – service. The leadership Academy is a non-academic but certified programme with a wide range of practical leadership/ training programme for young people in their diversities.

UYONET Leadership Academy continued to build its reputation as a grooming ground for young Ugandan leaders with four members of the alumni network elected to various positions of leadership following the 2016 elections. One of the students at the leadership academy says: The academy made me realize how much we as individuals have to do to mold ourselves into suitable leaders, it is not enough to think you can make a good leader if you do not understand things like policy, interpersonal communication and how to work with others. 

Another student says: At the academy, I learned that leadership is about influencing others; it is not just about power.  My time at the academy has inspired me to open up leadership corners in 10 schools in Arua (West Nile region) to speak to young people about leadership and self-evaluation and motivation.” 

UYONET , also invests in youth  leaders and  in 2016, trained  129 newly elected Youth Councilors  and  developed a Training Manual on Improving Youth Participation in Governance and Development in Uganda”, the elected councilors were trained on  Political Context and Emerging Issues for Youth participation in Uganda..  As a result of the training, supplemented by the other components of the project such as dialogues, joint policy advocacy the Youth Elected Leaders have been able to do their work differently and have become more pro-active.  Youth Leaders have appreciated their duties and responsibilities, beginning to have a positive attitude towards participation in the district governance and development processes. The district leaders on the other hand are becoming more responsive to issues of youth concern and were; in short time, able to respond to some of the issues raised by the yout

In April, 150 youth leaders supported to engage in district budget process and conduct public expenditure tracking:  As a result of the training and financial support given to the youth leaders in between January to March. 147 (86M, 61F) youth councilors did a research on youth live hood fund implementation and shared their findings with government and held them to account on its implementation. There was also an increase in their participation in district expenditure tracking.

YOUTH AT CENTRE OF POLICY AND GOVERNANCE

Strengthening meaningful youth participation in democratic governance is a multitasked intervention that seeks to streamline youth engagements in civic matters, appreciating their roles and responsibilities as active agents within this space.

UYONET aims to provide information, encourage participation, influence actions, and increase public outlook on youth issues through policy advocacy engagements and trainings in leadership skills. Advocacy engagements on youth relating or impacting policies and policy environment, influence policy reviews and reforms, influencing policy formulation, policy awareness campaigns and engagements.

Over the years, we have been able to:

  • Create a mechanism for sustained political accountability in order to promote greater accountability of policy makers and political leaders to the rights and development priorities of the youth through public debates, dialogues, sharing and reflection platforms at the national and participating district levels.
  • Enhance leadership skills empowerment of youth in transformative and accountable leadership, influencing policy in governance processes.
  • Improved and strengthen policy analysis and competence of Youth in CSOs and political spaces, influencing and monitoring development plans and budgets at district and national level.

UYONET is also ensuring  that policy  advocacy is grounded in the grass-root with youth in both formal and informal sectors, this is done through dialogues, youth participation in governance (as leaders), Youth participation in decision making as key stakeholders, social accountability.

Particulaly, UYONET has broken grounds with the Situation Room Debates by providing a platform for them to interact with policy actors. The situation room has achieved the following results:

  • Improved the quality of the debate of matters of national interest by establishing a regular, well regarded platform where debate is based on prepared research, presentation of alternative view points and active participation
  • Reached, interested and engaged a significant audience (both in-person and through the media), particularly policy shapers/makers/influencers across the country, with a focus on youth and women, in matters of national importance being debated

Increased the participation of persons attending/viewing the debates in demanding for accountability, good governance and respect for human rights in policy and decision-making on matters of national importance.

YOUTH ECONOMICALLY EMPOWERED

One of the biggest challenges facing the youth is persistent poverty. This weakens the bargaining power and increases vulnerability to being used by the politically connected and powerful elite, with tokenistic monetary gifts and meaningless titles. The statement below from an election candidate in the 2011 parliamentary elections summarizes thus; “If I cannot convince them, I must confuse them with money and alcohol”. Investing in supporting youth access to and participation in gainful economic opportunities is key to changing this unfortunate situation. Below are the actions that UYONET will make every effort to deliver in the coming ten years to address this situation:   

Over the coming ten years, UYONET shall work with youth formations, the private sector and the government of Uganda, and development partners, to establish regional youth career development, employment and immigrations advisory services, innovations and creatives hub, to begin with in regional centres like Mbarara (western), Gulu (Northern), Mbale (Eastern), and Masaka southern, and Kampala (Central) once these re successful, other sub-regional hubs can be established.   Apart from increasing youth employment and other economic opportunities, the hub will also strengthen integration and social cohesion.

UYONET is working towards employment and career guidance services: how to find, apply for, and keep jobs, job attachments, placements, exchanges, and internship opportunities, causal labour, professional assignments both local and international. It will also handle coaching on youth career growth strategies at all levels. 

Entrepreneurship and agribusiness opportunities advisory services: a number of organizations and government have arranged one off entrepreneurship trainings for youth. This is often not enough as many would love to get an accessible reference point where they can get follow up technical and experiential advisory support services whenever they need it. UYONET intends to establish  the advisory services.

Innovations and creative advisory services: This will be an opportunity for helping youth who have innovative ideas in all areas of ICT, creative social arts and other innovations get advice and how to take forward their dream and where to get further help to improve.

UYONET has started implementing an ‘IGNITE CHANGE project’: a new 5 year project, where UYONET will make efforts to influence budget allocations in the agricultural and youth employment sectors by engaging beneficiaries that will include farmer groups/ associations/ networks/ CSOs, Youth Councillors, PWDs, and relevant Local government departments and at the same time organize collective youth voices for evidence based budget and policy advocacy.

YONET will work existing local Advocacy Groups, networks to enhance their capacity[1] to actively participate in the budgeting cycle right from parish, sub county and district level. At this level, efforts will be geared towards training female and male youth in budgeting and planning processes, Budget Advocacy and Local Government Governance. They will be supported to come up with a youth position (priorities) in the agriculture and or Job creation for engagement in budgeting and planning consultative meetings. With this enhanced capacity, Youth especially councillors/leaders will be in position to monitor district budget expenditure processes and engage through social accountability dialogues at all levels.

This will be supported by Oxfam Novib Uganda.

 

[1] Trainings will be delivered using tested and successful models such as the Active Citizens model and ours by Right models.

YOUTH SEXUAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS PROMOTED

UYONET being a youth organization has designed a number of interventions to contribute to strengthening sexual and reproductive health movement in the country. We work on SRH and Gender mainstreaming, by empowering young people to participate in planning and decision-making, governance and social accountability for SRH and gender equality and equity.

UYONET is also engaged in the policy advocacy campaign at both national and local level to not only influence the policy processes but also to create awareness within local communities in target districts so that young people and the wider community and local CSOs and youth networks/associations can advocate for better social services and policies.

Uganda Youth Network with support from Plan international is implementing a  ‘Ni-Yetu’ Youth Program, which integrates promotion of Youth SRH&R and prevention of GBV among young people in five districts of Tororo, Kamuli, Lira,Alebtong and Kampala.

 ‘Ni-Yetu’ is a Swahili word which literally stands for ‘it is ours’ and has been carefully selected by the youth representatives to demonstrate youth identification with and ownership for the program. Ni-Yetu is to contribute to a healthy youth population, free from violence, and empowered in an inclusive civil society that promotes state accountability.

UYONET through Niyetu has empowered young people to demand for and fulfil their rights in a participatory and inclusive manner that also recognizes and actively engages with Civil Society Organisations, key public sector agencies at various levels as well as relevant community-level actors.

UYONET has been able to register the following successes under NIYETU

  1. Adolescent/youth boys and girls including the most excluded are now  knowledgeable on SRH rights,
  2. There is Increased availability of and access to quality and affordable adolescent/youth friendly SRH services in public social service departments
  3. Increased utilization of SRH and social protection services among adolescents/youth (girls and boys) aged 13 – 24 years.
  4. Reduction in harmful social-cultural practices against adolescents/youth especially amongst girls and young women i.e. Early/forced marriages, unfair inheritance practices, culture of silence, and domestic violence
  5. There is increased capacities of youth structures at different levels developed to demanding state accountability on implementation and reporting on national and international instruments Youth SRHR.
  6. Vibrant youth led CSOs meaningfully participating and influencing youth empowerment programming and policies that affect their lives at all levels (Local, national and international).

Increased involvement of youth in decision-making processes within CSOs and Local governance structures.

YOUTH LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT

UYONET with support from the FORD Foundation is implementing a Youth Initiative for Empowerment, Learning and Development (YIELD) is a two-year program designed to build and strengthen grassroots social economic systems to open up opportunities and promote learning among the youth for meaningful participation and contribute to policy processes.

UYONET through the YIELD  program is enhancing  capacity of grass root youth organisations and  building a youth development workers professional’s movement in the country. This is done through a supportive policy approach in public policy processes to inform a youth sensitive policy direction as well as, develop functional systems that promote knowledge sharing and learning for economic transformation of communities

The program approach is to enhance the institutional and organizational technical capacities of youth organizations through a variety of methodologies that shape youth individual competencies, collective capabilities, assets and relationships. Through this approach, the program will be able to espouse knowledge generation and youth peer-learning as a cornerstone to economic empowerment.

The program seeks to promote peer to peer knowledge sharing regarding livelihood policies that can benefit young people to address the key issues of youth participation in influencing livelihoods related policy engagements, enhancing accountability on youth livelihoods initiatives as well as bridge the gap in skills development for young men and women.

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