British Council New Narratives Youth Advisory Board

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Applications are now open to join British Council New Narratives Youth Advisory Board. New Narrative is a program that aims to foster deeper and more meaningful people-to-people engagements between young people across the countries of Africa and the UK, through a suite of digital storytelling and collaboration programs, in sectors of mutual interest.


The program aims to help contribute to changing reciprocal perceptions between both places in order to stimulate new understanding which will unlock new connections and collaborations for mutual benefit. Learn more about the program by reading on and also eligibility.


British Council New Narratives Youth Advisory Board

New Narrative is a program planned by the British Council to explore how to work with young people across both locations, to help contribute more plural and updated.

In other words, it aims to help contribute to changing reciprocal perceptions between Africa and the UK to stimulate new understanding which will unlock new connections and collaborations for mutual understanding.

It is put in place to inspire, redefine, shape, and inform young people about things that are happening across both continents.


December 14, 2020


Purpose of Advisory Board

The purpose of the Youth Advisory Board is to ensure effective and successful delivery of the New Narratives Programme.

As a board, it will provide advice, insight, and recommendations on matters relevant to the program to support and facilitate design and decision making.

The board will be consisting of young people from the UK, Sub Saharan Africa, and North Africa.

And it provides an excellent opportunity for networking, peer to peer learning, skills development, etc.


The responsibilities will include;

  • Providing advice support and challenge to the British Council regarding the design of the program and wider British Council approaches to Youth engagement, cultural intelligence, and sensitivity.
  • Represents of New Narratives externally as required.
  • Providing Insight and intelligence on youth perceptions, interests, and needs to ensure the program remains relevant to and incorporates the voice of the youth.

Expectations of the Advisory Board

  • The Advisory Board will meet with the British Council program board once per quarter from inception.
  • Meetings will take place virtually.
  • The board will provide feedback and recommendations after each meeting.
  • The board will occasionally be requested to engage in internal meetings and external fora, with prior notice.
  • Provide a written report that includes recommendations at the end of the year.
  • Sit on selection panels for grant awards as part of the program.


The Board will be comprised of a diverse group of people across race, gender, and geographical* location:

  • A Chair
  • A secretary of the board
  • Up to 6 members

Eligibility Criteria

Youth People aged 18 – 35;

  • Who are influential in their communities as artists, activists, academics, entrepreneurs, influencers, or technologists (etc.)
  • Who have significant online and offline networks that can be reached with learning and content from the program;
  • Who are passionate about creating or deepening international connections and collaboration particularly between the continent of Africa and the UK;
  • Who have demonstrable experience in leadership and/or advisory roles of programs or organizations;
  • Who is willing to engage long term with the British Council and Africa-UK New Narratives network.

Eligible Countries

Applicants must be from the following eligible countries;

  • East Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda
  • South Africa: Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
  • North Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Lybia, Morocco, Tunisia.
  • United Kingdom: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales.
  • West Africa: Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone.


All members of the advisory board will be remunerated, at a daily rate of £150 per day, up to 20 days a year. Expenses will be paid as pre-agreed.



The Deadline is December 14, 2020. Have in mind that, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The application might seem hard to some people, so please the guidelines below to fill out the form;

  • Go to the Application center using
  • Enter your first name, last name, and then indicate your gender.
  • Select your age, nationality, location, enter your number.
  • Enter your sector or industry you are in.
  • Type in your current role and the organization you work in.
  • Then briefly describe your professional experiences and also describe other advisory roles you have held briefly.
  • Enter the ideas, skills, and approaches you would contribute to the design of the program.
  • State your reason why you would be most suitable to part of the New Narratives Youth Advisory Board.
  • Click on “Submit” and then follow the on-screen instructions that will be shown to commence.

If you are not contacted or heard from the British Council by December 23, 2020, just know that your application was unsuccessful.


Visit the British Council for more information and requirements.

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