Ma3aN Youth Mentor Application Information
About Ma3an: For Resilient Communities
Ma3an: For Resilient Communities is a five-year resilience and community empowerment program that will increase the capacity of Tunisian communities to withstand political, social, societal and economic challenges through, strengthened community resilience, mitigated community vulnerabilities. It will do that by spurring 30 of Tunisia’s most vulnerable communities to generate sustainable resources for development and resilience.
About the Youth Mentor Role
Ma3an Youth Mentors will cultivate their capacity and skills to be mentors, providing other youth in these communities with peer support, skills development & opportunities to leverage technology & innovation. Youth Mentors will build their own and other youths’ capability to be agents for positive change in their communities. During the period from March 2020 to September 2021, the selected Youth Mentors will serve in the following communities:
- Sijoumi (Greater Tunis)
- Hrairia (Greater Tunis)
- Nadhour (Zaghouan)
- Saouaf (Zaghouan)
- Fernana (Jendouba)
- Ghardimaou (Jendouba)
- Laaroussa (Siliana)
- Errouhia (Siliana)
- Sousse-Riadh (Sousse)
- Sidi Abdelhamid (Sousse)
- Nasrallah (Kairouan)
- Kairouan North (Kairouan)
Application instructions (Arabic)
Application form (English)
Application form (Arabic)
Youth Mentor Responsibilities
Youth Mentors will have a variety of responsibilities coaching and mentoring youth, including:
- Organizing storytelling events that foster empathy and community and that elevate youth voices and stories
- Conducting trainings about media and information consumption (L2D trainings) that prepare youth to interpret and critically engage media and information
- Organizing professional engagement opportunities (PIS events) between youth and professionals in Tunisian communities
- Conducting one-on-one mentoring sessions with youth on career guidance, professional development and other identified themes
- Providing youth resources and support through the Chebeb Ma3an Facebook Group
Applications will be reviewed competitively against the following selection criteria:
Leadership potential and commitment to community engagement including:
- Vision and Contribution: Ability to articulate and motivate action and engagement around a positive vision for the future; and for self, others, and community.
- Character: High standards for own behavior and seeking to have a positive influence on others; recognizes the weight and responsibility of the mentor role.
- Perseverance to make impact: Ability to persevere to overcome challenges and difficulties to make an impact.
Essential “soft” skills and technical skills including:
- Adaptability and learner mindset
- Empathy: ability to connect with, understand and respect others from difference backgrounds; along with the ability to be inclusive.
- Experience organizing events
- Resourcefulness: ability to bring in connections and networks that would benefit the experience of the youth
- Communication: ability to clearly and respectfully communicate with people from diverse backgrounds; including listening effectively and compromising when ideas do not align
- Teamwork: bring a positive and solutions-oriented attitude to working with others
Applications are due December 22, 2019. Applications will be read and assessed by a selection committee, and the top candidates will be invited for an interview in early January 2020.
Selected Youth Mentors will be notified in January 2020 and will attend 2 rounds of 4-day Training of Trainers in February 2020 to enhance their skills, strengthen their Youth Mentor network, and learn the expectations of their role. Youth Mentors will attend a refresher training and team building activities to apply lessons learned during the remainder of their Youth Mentor commitment.
Serving as a Youth Mentor
2020-2021 Youth Mentors awardees will have 18 months to complete implementation of their Youth Mentor activities. The Youth Mentor is a volunteer commitment of approximately 40 hours per month for 18 months. Youth Mentors receive training, an honorarium, and the opportunity to develop and use professional leadership and soft skills by supporting youth in contributing to the resilient development of their communities.
Ma3an is a program of USAID, from the American people, implemented by FHI360 and in partnership with IREX.