About Restless Development.
We know young people have the power to solve the challenges we face in our world, but they are being sidelined. 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. Our programmes are genuinely life-changing, but we can’t do any of this without talented, creative individuals at every level of our organisation.
About 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.
About the Role.
Are you a young female aged 18 to 30 (before 30 October 2023) and a national and current resident of either Mozambique, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Niger, Lebanon, Jordan, Guatemala or Honduras? We want to work with you!
The Steering Committee (SC) is the highest decision-making body within the We Lead consortium. It will consist of nine members: one authorised representative from each of the consortium members, three representatives of the rights holders from the CoAs, and a representative of the MoFA- as a non voting member. This will support strategic alignment and collaboration around We Lead. The MoFA will be well-informed about the ins and outs of the programme, while the consortium benefits from a close connection with MoFA policies and discussions. The first year the SC will be chaired by Hivos, after that it can be rotational (to be decided by the SC ). Restless Development will lead the coaching and mentoring of these young rights holders , so that they are well-prepared to fulfil their role in the SC.
Having young rights holders in the SC ensures rights holders’ ideas and concerns are directly heard at the highest programme level. It also gives young persons the power to directly oversee and influence the overarching functioning and choices of the programme. Moreover, their participation contributes to new experiences, knowledge and capacities that support young leaders’ growth.
This role requires a time commitment of 16 weeks per year; 8 weeks every six months. You will receive a total annual stipend of 700£ (This will be paid in two installments of 350£ bi annually after deliverables)and a tablet to support your work.
You would be a good fit for this role if you:
• Aged between 18 -30 (before September 2023)
• A national and current resident of either Mozambique, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Niger, Lebanon, Jordan, Guatemala or Honduras.
• A high level of spoken English and good written English. Ability to speak Arabic, French, and Spanish will be an added advantage.
Experience in any of the following:
Youth-led Advocacy and Accountability
Monitoring, evaluation and learning;
• Belonging to one of the following rightsholder groups: young women and adolescent girls who self-identify as lesbian, bisexual, trans or intersex (LBTI), live with HIV or disabilities, or are affected by displacement.
• Flexibility and adaptability to new and fast-changing situations, and a positive attitude.
• Passion for youth-led development and adherence to the mission and values of We Lead. (We Lead values include feminist leadership, local ownership, gender equality, mutual accountability, diversity and inclusion collaboration, transparency, honesty and respect)
We recognise that this may be the first governance role for you, so you will have a buddy to turn to, a full induction programme and a welcoming group of Steering Committee members – including another young Steering Committee member – happy to help and support you.
In order to facilitate these behaviours and role and responsibilities, the young leaders will, :
• Receive a full induction including training sessions on; purpose and role of the steering committee, leadership styles, communication, diversity and inclusion, and team bonding activities.
• Be paired with a steering committee member-“buddy”, as a mentor who will meet with them before and after meetings, as well as being accessible for questions and support outside of meeting cycles. We expect this to be a mutual, two-way mentoring relationship.
• Have regular support from Restless Development to grow as key decision makers within the consortium
What You Will Do.
Under this engagement, you will:
• Participate in the Steering Committee twice every 6 months. This includes a briefing meeting and meeting preparation ahead of the Steering Group Bi-Annual Meeting including reading papers and documents, and a debrief meeting after the Steering Group Bi-Annual Meeting .
• With support and guidance from Restless Development, you will be expected to drive a process of developing the Meaningful Youth Engagement Principles with the consortium and advocate for them to be applied in decision making and strategic planning at the global, regional and national levels
• Contribute to the development of and use a score-card or other defined accountability tools to audit the regional and national governance systems and processes, checking for compliance to the Meaningful Youth Engagement Principles.
• Consolidate reports of the audit findings, ahead of the Steering Committee Meetings and feedback in the Steering group meetings, and collectively co-create solutions and recommendations with the local, regional and global level decision making bodies.
• Share key lessons learnt from your experience to the wider youth network, through developing at least 2 blogs, running webinars and leveraging existing digital platforms in the consortium.
In order to deliver this piece of work, we expect you to be available from October 2021 to attend an induction which shall be led by Restless Development and We Lead Consortium Partners.