NAFASI YA KAZI ActionAid, Youth Involvement Advisor

Youth Involvement Advisor 

Can you develop youth hubs that promote democratic engagement and activism? Do you want to shape and link initiatives across the globe? Can you support start-up initiatives to become sustainable and independent? Then join our effort to strengthen the youth work across ActionAid and partners to promote sustainable, innovative and expanding youth initiatives as our new Youth Involvement Advisor.

ActionAid Denmark works to unite people in the struggle against social injustice, exclusion, poverty and inequality. As part of the international ActionAid Federation AADK is deeply engaged in areas of work where we have a special interest and expertise.

One such area is youth where the Youth, Organising and Activism (YOA) team is working to strengthen our global youth network for learning and organizing through social movement building, organizing, rooted campaigning and youth-led activism by working directly with young people their networks, organisations and movements. The team is ensuring that AADK is innovative and experimenting in its approach to youth by supporting and linking progressive youth movements as well as testing and learning from youth-led innovation pilots. By applying a learning, testing and fail forward approach the pilots and results are collected to inform and scale our work within AA and beyond.

A main component of our international Youth work is our international network of Global Platforms. Global Platforms is a network of youth-led spaces for building collective power. Our mission is to support young people, organisations and movements in their fight for social justice around the world.

The Global Platforms support youth-led activism in three connected ways:

  • Spaces for participatory and action-oriented learning.
  • Spaces for creative activism and organising for social justice.
  • Spaces for connecting people, organisations and movements.
  • Our aim is to be a catalyst for youth-led activism where and when it is needed. Therefore, the support we offer, and local setup varies depending on the needs and context. A Global Platform can either be a space for capacity building where young people live and learn together, a youth hub for creative activism and organising that is entirely managed by young people or online communities focusing on peer-to-peer learning.
  • Currently we have Global Platforms in Africa, Asia, Latin America, MENA and Europe – but our aim is to support the network to grow and expand through new youth led initiatives initiated by organizations, movements, AA partners and other relevant stakeholders sharing our vision of youth led social change.

As an Advisor, you will

  • Support the start-up of new initiatives and youth hubs for activism in Tanzania and a number of other countries by build capacity of ActionAid staff, partners and individuals.
  • Develop innovative start-up process, extract learning from ongoing processes, both successfully and unsuccessfully.
  • Refine existing frameworks and processes.
  • Contribute to the continuous development of the Global Platform concept and organisational learning on support to youth initiatives.
  • Build institutional resilience to manage risks related to working on youth and democratic space.

The job requires that you have

  • Minimum 5 years of post-graduate work experience and a track-record illustrating ability to create long lasting, high impact and scalable results.
  • Expert in social start-ups with practical experience in developing, carrying out and managing alternative approaches to youth projects beyond traditional donor-driven projects.
  • Profound understanding of and hands-on experience with starting projects with young people (age 15-35).
  • Experience with global activism, social work, cultural projects or civil society or youth-led organizing can be an advantage.
  • Experience with developing and managing strong partnerships with/between youth movements and organisations an advantage.
  • Experience from ActionAid Global Platforms is an advantage.
  • Preferably experience from an advisory or capacity building position.
  • Full working knowledge of English.

Desired skills for the job include

  • Professional expertise and critical reflections within the area of start-ups and youth involvement.
  • Project planning and coordination.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of youth led change process and youth involvement.
  • Strong and diplomatic negotiation skills and ability to manage relations and a variety of internal and external of stakeholders.
  • Understanding politics within an international organisation.
  • Ability to facilitate and build capacity of other people.
  • Strong analytical and strategic skills.
  • It is a prerequisite that you understand the role as an advisor to support and build the capacity of others through coaching, mentoring and advancing the youth agenda through developing and introducing good practices. Moreover, you are expected to respect and genuinely value the role of others.

We offer you

A 2-year contract with possibility of extension under the People4Change programme funded by Danida through ActionAid Denmark.
A base in Dar es Salaam with ActionAid Tanzania, with regular travels to other countries in and beyond the ActionAid Federation. Expected travel time is up to 40%.
An opportunity to play a central role in strengthening a global approach and network of youth initiatives.
A comprehensive allowance package including relocation, housing and education allowance for children. The salary is 3,170 Euros monthly, including an obligatory pension scheme with 10% employer + 3% employee contribution.
A broad, professional network of passionate, national and international colleagues.


We only receive applications through our recruitment system. As such, please use the link below to submit your application. Any applications not sent through the system will not be taken into consideration.

If you have specific questions about the position please contact Camilla Holm-Jensen, Head of Youth, Organising and Activism at ActionAid Denmark, at

Application deadline: 1 July 2019 at midnight CEST

Interviews will be held on 3 July.

Start date: earliest possible, probably August-September 2019 depending on work permit processes.


Closing date: 01 Jul 2019

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