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Youth networking advisor

ActionAid Zimbabwe (AAZ) seeks a Youth Networking Advisor, who is able to provide efficient capacity development and support to both ActionAid staff, local partner organisations as well as contribute to the wider ActionAid federation. The focus will be on strengthening the ability of AAZ and selected partners to work with youth and women on governance as well as engagement in building partnerships and networks. Suitable candidates are motivated and driven by a strong sense of solidarity and commitment to democracy, poverty reduction, and the participation of women and youth.
The Advisor’s support will help to ensure that:
  1. Young people - especially young women - have been empowered to effectively engage with poverty reduction and decision-making spaces.
  2. Partner organisations are better able to communicate through social media and other digital platforms to increase their impact.
  3. Partners have improved skills in engaging citizens and other organisations around shared goals.
  4. AAZ plays a strong role in the ActionAid federation on how to work with citizens and networks across local, national and international levels,
  5. Best practices, challenges and lessons learnt are documented and shared across the federation.
  6. Relevant international networks have been established 

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Ability to engage people to gain their support on central themes.
  • Strong skills in engaging women and youth as key actors.
  • Experience engaging in political sensitive environments.
  • Deep understanding of social change and ability to translate this into action for improving equality.
  • Ability to provide capacity support and participatory trainings of diverse groups.
  • 5 years’ experience and proven track record of engaging people, building strong projects and achieving results.
  • Experience working with social empowerment of women and youth.
  • Ability to connect people across local, national and international level as well as across sectors.
  • Good command of spoken and written English. 

Personal qualifications:

  • Strategic thinker and analytically strong in youth work.
  • An innovative and creative mind set.
  • Good training, facilitation, mentoring and communication skills.
  • Diplomacy, patience and maturity.
  • A preference for facilitating and supporting the success of others rather than leading and directing.
  • Resistance to adversity.
  • Willingness to travel alone in remote areas. 

Terms and Conditions:

This placement is categorized as a level C Advisor according to the Terms and Conditions for People4Change Advisors. The monthly salary is 2,350 € + pension, housing allowance and education allowance for accompanying children.

Application procedure and deadline:

Forward a letter of motivation and an updated CV (totalling no more than 4 pages) in English by email to with a subject line “Zimbabwe Advisor”.
Deadline for application submission is: 7th June, 2017
Contract start is subject to approval of work and residence permit, which can be a lengthy process. Therefore, the expected start is around August or September 2017. The assignment is for 24 months, with the possibility for renewal.

Find the original job advert on the Devnet jobs website.