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06 September 2016

Youth Advisor Career Opportunity - ActionAid Uganda (AAU)

Job Title:     Youth Advisor
Organisation: ActionAid Uganda (AAU)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

About ActionAid:
ActionAid is an International Development Agency working in over 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. ActionAid’s mission is to work with the poor and the ActionAid Uganda (AAU), a national development organization registered under the laws of Uganda and with a local Board.

Job Summary: The Youth Advisor will provide efficient capacity development to both national staff at the ActionAid office and its partner organisations. Please note that this position is only available for people who are not residing in Uganda – see more information below for further details. The primary focus will be on youth activism improving governance in delivery of social services, promoting civic participation and build resilience to emerging threats in the context for Youth. We seek to strengthen the capacity of ActionAid countries to engage in activism, campaigning and policy through training and identification of existing best practices (both strategy and tactics) to empower youth and women.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·         The incumbent will develop and support regional Youth groups and link them with regional youth advisors.
·         Support the creation and strengthening of existing leadership fora for youth and women at local and national levels to build leadership to influence governance processes and link with global initiatives.
·         Develop and strengthen solidarity among children, women, youth, justice seekers, over sight groups and other stakeholders for common action through social, digital, electronic and print media.
·         In charge of capacity development on organizing and alliance building.
·         Develop and build the capacity of the youth groups, women groups, community watch groups and justice seekers, to challenge human rights violations through nonviolent direct action, develop resilience mechanisms and monitor performance of governments on their commitments and mandates.
·         Offer timely support in the implementation ActionAid’s youth strategy in the East Africa region.
·         Ensure a feminist lens and Young women’s representation in all the youth groups.

Key Result Areas:
·         ActionAid and youth partners strengthen their capacity in developing Youth led programs, planning and implementation of youth and children friendly and focused interventions.
·         Improved knowledge and skills in developing clear advocacy strategy(ies) to champion the Youth agenda.
·         A clear Activista Policy engagement and strategic development in the arenas of governance and civic participation in the region.
·         Support meaningful participation in programmes and interventions from the national to the LRPs and then regionally and globally for Youth Work.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
·         The applicant should preferably hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent work experience) in youth organizing, campaigning, governance, political science, international relations, law, gender issues, youth policies, or other relevant fields.
·         At least five years of capacity building experience on youth work, campaigning, coalition building and position advancement through advocacy.
·         Traceable experience of working in a capacity building position in an international organization is a must; preferably four years’ experience should be in capacity building initiatives with Youth.
·         Related experience in East and Southern Africa is desirable. (Working experience in an international development organization will be a distinct advantage).
·         Demonstrated ability to work well as part of a cross-cultural team is essential.
·         Ability to develop and maintain a range of mid to high-level working relationships within ActionAid and; among international partners, and with civil society is desirable.
·         Prior experience working collaboratively with civil society, government and or with private sector preferred.
·         Substantive experience in network building and advocacy work.
·         Proven organizing and campaigning skills.
·         Demonstrated people management and relations building skills.
·         Familiarity with Human Rights Based Approaches.
·         Proven ability to advocate and provide policy advice.
·         Ability to lead strategic planning, program development and implementation, results-based management and reporting.
·         Ability to develop and maintain strong partnerships and mobilize resources.
·         Familiarity with working with networks globally is essential, with knowledge of such networks and organizations specifically in the area of political and civil rights is highly desirable.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send a letter of motivation and an updated CV (totalling no more than 4 pages) by email to with a subject line Ref: Uganda Youth Advisor. The application package should not exceed 2 MBs.

Deadline: 11th September 2016

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