About Restless Development.
We are living in a time of ‘peak youth’. Half the global population is under 30 and of these young people, 90% live in developing countries. Despite this, traditional approaches to development continue to ignore the power of young people as capable agents of change. At almost every stage in the development process, the knowledge and capacity of young people goes untapped and their power to lead change is weakened. We know young people have the power to solve the challenges we face in our world, but they are being ignored and overlooked.
We are the agency that works with young people so they can lead in solving those challenges. Whether that means supporting communities to end child marriage or prevent HIV, we work with young people to change their lives and the lives of people in their communities. Through our innovative programmes and policy work, targeting decision makers globally, we ensure that young people’s voices are heard not only in their local communities but all the way up to world leaders.
Restless Development has been working with young people since 1985 and our work is led by thousands of young people every year. We listen to young people, our work is led by young people, and together we help young people make lasting change in their communities and countries Our programmes are genuinely life-changing, but we can’t do any of this without talented, creative individuals at every level of our organisation.
Our newest programme is We Lead.
We Lead is an inspiring, innovative and far-reaching programme that aims to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRH-R) of young women from four specific groups: young women who live with HIV, that have a disability, that identify as lesbian, bisexual, trans or intersex, and that are affected by displacement. The programme puts young women in the driving seat, while supporting them to sustainably advocate for their rights. The programme will be implemented in nine countries in Africa, the Middle East and Central America.
The We Lead consortium consists of six civil society organizations (Positive Vibes, Restless Development, Marsa, FEMNET, the Central American Women’s Fund, Hivos) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Hivos is the lead party. The five-year programme has a budget of EUR 40,7 million, and is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the SRHR Partnership Fund, which is part of the Power of Voices subsidy framework.
The programme started on January 1st, 2021.
About the Role.
As a key member of the consortium’s Regional Coordination Team, the Senior Youth Collective Coordinators will support Communities of Action Facilitators across their region to ensure that activities related to capacity strengthening, lobbying and advocacy are aligned, and that regional opportunities for advocacy are used. They will focus on cross-country sharing and learning, and exchanging ideas, innovation and feedback by coordinating a number of players in this exciting and varied role.
The Senior Youth Collective Coordinators will work closely with Restless Development’s Youth Collective – facilitating opportunities to share learning from the We Lead programme with young people across the globe. The Youth Collective enables youth civil society organisations, groups and networks to work together, access funding and resources, collaborate with and learn from others and to problem-solve common challenges. Members of the Youth Collective have been mapped to increase their visibility to funders and partners and provide more opportunity for connection. For more information please visit www.youth-collective.org.
We are looking for two values-driven, confident leaders who share our passion for youth and youth development. The Senior Youth Collective Coordinators will have strong management skills – balancing coordination and operational delivery with a strategic focus.
The Senior Youth Collective Coordinators will be responsible for the Middle East and North Africa region and the Latin America region (1 region per Coordinator). Each region will consist of two operating countries.
Skills and Experience.
Restless Development invites applications from Consultants able to demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and experience:
- A passion for meaningful youth led engagement and youth leadership.
- Excellent coordination and people skills.
- Experience working cross-culturally and providing remote support
- Outcome focused and proven ability to think strategically and plan, prioritise and organise a team’s work to meet organisation-wide strategic objectives.
- An eye for detail and a concern for accuracy.
- Strong communication skills and the ability to talk across a range of audiences.
- Fluent in English and Spanish – both written and verbal.
- Good, up to date knowledge of SRH-R approaches
- Advocacy and lobbying experience.
- Experience leading and managing teams, including personnel development and capability management.
- We particularly welcome applications from women with lived experiences of one of the rightsholders groups – that is women who live with HIV, that have a disability, who identify as lesbian, bisexual, trans or intersex, and / or who are affected by displacement.
How to apply.
Interested candidates should download the Terms of Reference for more details, and send a completed application form to Jobs@restlessdevelopment.org by 9am EAT Monday 1st February 2021. Interviews are set to be week commencing 8th February 20201
Only successful candidates will be notified. Restless Development is an Equal Opportunities employer and encourages people from diverse backgrounds to apply.