Regional Coordinator, Youth Engagement (Part-Time Consultant)
Location: Southern and Eastern Africa Region
Posted: January 2019
Women Deliver is a leading global advocate that champions gender equality and the health and rights of girls and women. Our advocacy drives investment–political and financial –in the lives of girls and women worldwide. We harness evidence and unite diverse voices to spark commitment to gender equality. And we get results. Anchored in sexual and reproductive health, we advocate for the rights of girls and women across every aspect of their lives. We know that investing in girls and women will deliver progress for all.
Summary of the Position:
The Regional Coordinator, Youth Engagement, will play an important programmatic role in Women Deliver’s efforts to enhance the participation and influence of young people on policies and investments for gender equality and girls’ and women’s health, rights, and wellbeing, in the Southern and Eastern Africa (SEA) Region.
This consultancy role, based in SEA, will work closely with the Director and Senior Manager of Women Deliver’s Youth Engagement Team in New York. The Regional Coordinator will build on a strong cohort of Women Deliver Young Leaders and an enabling environment in order to intensify collaborative advocacy efforts in the region, as well as nationally and sub-nationally in Uganda and Kenya.
Note: The consultant role is budgeted for 3 years and approx. 20 hours per week (part-time). There is a preference for Kenyan and Ugandan Nationals to apply; non-Nationals will also be considered assuming language proficiency.
The Regional Coordinator will support effective and context-appropriate implementation of these intensified efforts including providing the training, coordination, and technical backstop that the regional effort will require. Women Deliver will hold regular SEA Regional and country-level workshops (in Uganda and Kenya only) to provide Women Deliver Young Leaders and alumni intensive training in advocacy strategy development in addition to grants to support time-bound advocacy efforts. The Regional Coordinator will play a critical role in facilitating these workshops, coordinating the efforts of the Young Leaders on a day-to-day basis, making introductions as appropriate to ensure coordination with other organizations, coalitions, and influencers, and working closely with the Young Leaders to identify and map the opportunities for feasible advocacy opportunities.
- Supports Young Leaders in SEA, with particular emphasis on Uganda and Kenya, to intensify and coordinate advocacy efforts (note: there are approximately 130 Young Leaders and alumni in the SEA Region, with nearly 20 in Kenya and 20 in Uganda).
- Facilitates regional and country-level workshops and provides Young Leaders and alumni technical assistance and intensive training in advocacy strategy development.
- Provides day-to-day technical support to Young Leaders and alumni in the region that receive grants from Women Deliver, with a focus on coordination and collaboration between Young Leaders and alumni with other organizations, coalitions, and influencers.
- Coordinates regular teleconferences and check-ins to keep the Young Leaders and alumni connected and equipped with the tools and information needed for advocacy at the country level.
- Works closely with the Senior Manager and Director to ensure messaging and support to Young Leaders and alumni is aligned with the Young Leaders Program and Women Deliver.
- Works closely with the Senior Communications Associate to identify newsworthy stories based on Young Leaders’ activities and accomplishments.
- Other activities and duties as assigned.
Qualifications, Skills, Education, and Knowledge:
- Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred.
- 2-3 years of professional experience in SEA regional advocacy efforts; focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights, youth, and/or gender a plus; with a total of 6-10 years of total professional experience.
- Knowledge of SEA regional political landscape, coalition and campaign efforts on issues related to sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality required.
- Strong understanding of advocacy and campaign tactics for policy change at local, national, and regional levels.
- Exceptional verbal and written communications skills.
- Ability to effectively work in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines and conduct work independently (remote from the New York office).
- Excellent interpersonal skills, flexibility, and resourcefulness in solving problems.
- Strong skills using Microsoft Word and Excel.
- Ability to travel to various Southern and Eastern African Regions as directed.