Apply now to become a Youth Peace Champion for STRIVE Juvenile in Nigeria

What’s the STRIVE Juvenile youth-led awareness raising campaign? 

Funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in close partnership with the Government of Nigeria, the project ‘STRIVE Juvenile: Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Children by Terrorist and Violent Extremist Groups’ is launching its youth-led awareness raising campaign in Nigeria.

The campaign aims to build the resilience of children and their communities in targeted local government areas of Borno state as a key component of support for reintegration and reconciliation efforts. It will contribute to the:

  • prevention of the recruitment of vulnerable children including re-recruitment of those that have already reintegrated into their communities.
  • acceptance and reduced stigmatisation of reintegrated children.

The campaign will benefit from the support of key stakeholders including children, youth, traditional leaders, religious leaders, persons with disabilities, Almajiri (Traditional Qur’anic students), women’s groups, youth groups and local government within Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC) and Jere Local Government Areas, state and federal authorities.

What’s a STRIVE Juvenile Youth Peace Champion?

20 selected Youth Peace Champions will be recruited to work with community leaders at the grassroots level. They will contribute to the validation and dissemination of key messages; resolution of low-level conflict; identification of emerging dynamics; and promotion of peace through effective use of social media.

10 Youth Peace Champions will be selected through this online application process.

A further 10 will be selected directly from targeted communities to ensure the inclusion and participation of young people at the grassroots level.

Why become a STRIVE Juvenile Youth Peace Champion?

  • You will have the opportunity to act as a positive role model and agent of peace in your community
  • You will make a valuable contribution to the dialogue on preventing and responding to terrorism and extremism affecting children
  • You will have the opportunity to network with key stakeholders driving peace and reconciliation in Borno State and beyond
  • You will benefit from the knowledge and expertise of the UNODC STRIVE Juvenile team 
  • You will receive branded souvenirs and
  • You will be issued a certificate of participation after the successful completion of the programme

Please note that these will be voluntary (i.e. unpaid) positions; and that Youth Peace Champions will not be considered to be staff or personnel of the United Nations.

Am I eligible?

  • You are between the ages of 18 and 29 years old at the time of application.
  • You are a resident of the MMC or Jere Local Government Area of Borno State.
  • You can speak and understand Kanuri or Hausa. Fluency in English is an advantage.
  • You are willing to commit from March to December 2023.

Application Process

If you meet all of the eligibility criteria, don’t miss your chance to fill out the application form by 23:59, 18 March, 2023.

All successful applicants will be contacted by end of March and provided with specific details about the project activity timeline and a proposal for their participation.

Join STRIVE Juvenile and become the next changemaker of your generation!