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This five-year programme is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by a consortium of partners: VSO, Palladium and Randstad. The first CFYE programmes started in late 2020 in Uganda, followed by Egypt and Nigeria (March 2021), Jordan, Sudan and Kenya (later in 2021). In 2022, CFYE programmes will also start in Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Senegal, Mali, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Niger.

Our main themes regarding the CFYE are: gender economic empowerment, decent work: creating quality sustainable jobs and youth engagement empowerment and resilience.

In cooperation with businesses and other relevant parties, initiatives are supported which are suitable for scaling up or are applicable elsewhere, and which focus on future-proof skills, such as digital skills and soft skills. By using an integrated approach, we make sure that the (learned) skills of young people are better matched with the qualities required on the labour market. Want to know more about the fund and its integrated approach? Check out the CFYE website.


Uganda Livelihoods

The programme will support young people – like these Ugandan welding apprentices – into safe, skilled and productive work.


Volunteer with us

As a VSO volunteer, you’ll be working closely with local implementing partners – private sector organisations or NGOs – to support them to develop and deliver strategies for improved job creation and youth inclusion.

By advising partners on how to create fairer and more sustainable youth employment opportunities, you’ll be directly contributing to the development of improved labour markets in target countries – and supporting young people to overcome the challenges that can hold them back.

Placements will be for three, six or 12 months, depending on your availability and the needs of our local partners. For all roles, we’re recruiting three different types of volunteers:

  • National volunteers – already based in the programme country.
  • International volunteers – currently resident outside the programme country. We’re closely monitoring the COVID-19 situations in all countries we’re operating in. We aim to ensure the safety, security and wellbeing of all our volunteers placed abroad. Find out how we will support you before, during and after your placement.
  • E-volunteers – based remotely, you will carry out your placement online from anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in volunteering with the CFYE programme, please contact Diana Tsoi. 

Want to know more about the CFYE?

Contact our Program Manager & Recruiter CFYE Diana Tsoi