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Regional Coordinators for a Young Women Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) Initiative 

BACKGROUND

The World Young Women’s Christian Association (World YWCA) is a global movement working for women’s empowerment, leadership and rights in more than 100 countries and 20’000 local communities. Empowering women and girls is our way to change the world. Our members and supporters include women from many different faiths, ages, backgrounds, beliefs and cultures.

With the support from the Government of Finland, the World YWCA will be implementing a project titled, “Promoting the realisation of the right to health for young women and girls” from 2018 to 2020. The project aims to support 400 young women champions, (through individual and collective action) to transform key negative narratives at community, country, regional and global level to impact positively on policy decisions that enhance young women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and mental health. Through the project, the World YWCA will support young women champions to identify and transform core, dominant cultural narratives found in policy debates, news media and social media on young women’s SRHR and mental health. The central idea of this project is for young women to design advocacy approaches that use evidence and communicate through aspirational storytelling emphasising young women’s rights to be heard and their right to bodily autonomy.  This project seeks to fight discrimination of women and girls in all their diversity in both the private and public spheres and ensure that no one is left behind. It further aims to strengthen societies as a whole and promote the achievement of a number of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 1, 3, 4, 5, 10 and 16). The project builds the link between the SDGs and the ICPD program for action.

The YWCA movement is working towards mobilizing and investing in young women’s and girls’ empowerment, rights and leadership. As a strategic step to expand entry points for young women, the World YWCA, represented by Malayah Harper, the General Secretary, is also a member of the Global She Decides Guiding Group and a founding Champion. The World YWCA through this project will contribute to the growing young women movement on SRHR around the world, thereby building a collective movement where young women co-design, co-create and co-decide for themselves.

The World YWCA therefore seeks to recruit 3 regional coordinators from 3 regions such as Africa, Asia, Europe to support young women champions in their respective countries and communities to:

  • Identify the narratives that hinder them from realising their right to health.
  • Articulate new narratives that help to inform and inspire young women to claim their rights.
  • Assist them in speaking out in forums that reach different targeted audiences, which will help to drive empowering narratives that can change attitudes and encourage action.
  • Drive new narratives about SRHR and mental health in public health and policy forums.

 

SCOPE OF WORK

Regional Coordinators are expected to:

  • Coordinate the work and advocacy approaches led by young women champions at community, national, regional and global level.
  • Support young women champions identify their core obstacles they face in realising their full SRHR and mental health
  • Support lead young women champions to identify narratives hindering SRHR and generate ideas for countering them
  • Establish and build strong working relationships among lead young women champions
  • Co-create and revise specific SRHR curricula for the project
  • Co-create an advocacy and communications strategy that help young women champions with strategic advocacy entry points through policy platforms, media and social media
  • Support lead young women champions’ resource mobilization strategies and support young champions with crowd source fundraising techniques to help draw funds for their actions in their countries
  • Support and connect young women champions with partners including other youth advocacy groups, civil society organisations, development agencies, donors, media at national, regional and global level to generate momentum around their policy ask.
  • Act as a focal point for lead young women champions for all formal and official correspondence.
  • Support the day-to-day running of lead young women champions towards fulfilling their actions.
  • Prepare and capture daily updates on the dash board submitted by young women champions on their activities
  • Consolidate monthly monitoring & evaluation reports on the activities implemented and led by young women champions on narrative change that influence social norms and policy at national, regional and global platforms.

 

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCES

  • Minimum of three years in advocacy initiatives related to youth issues, girls & young women human rights, gender or development.
  • Information, communication and technology competencies related skills.
  • Programme development and implementation knowledge and experience.
  • Strong skills in regional coordination.
  • Experience in developing and managing fundraising initiatives.
  • Ability to work efficiently under pressure both independently and as a team member
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to handle multi-tasking, problem solving and planning skills.
  • Have experience in engaging in regional and international platforms.

 

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION

  • Must be a young woman
  • Understand World YWCA areas of work and operations
  • A strong commitment and passion in achieving women’s rights and leadership.
  • A good working knowledge of English, both oral and written, is essential. Knowledge of French, Portuguese, Arabic and/or Spanish is appreciated.
  • Ability to work remotely, with little supervision and able to meet deadlines comfortably.

 

START DATE AND DURATION

Starting January 1st , 2019 until December 31st, 2020

 

LOCATION & COMPENSATION

The Regional Coordinator will likely work from home so will need reliable internet access.  We may also be able to negotiate the RC working from the YWCA member association office.  The Regional Coordinator should be based in the regions that World YWCA operates this program in (Europe, Africa and Asia).

Salary will be in line with the type of skills and consistent with the region.

The selected Regional Coordinator will have to be available for travel during the period.

 

DEADLINE TO APPLY

The deadline for receiving applications is November 16, 2018. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Please send the following to advocacy@worldywca.org

  • Cover letter (addressing how you meet the necessary qualifications, what region you are interested to coordinate and outline why you want to be a regional coordinator for the project)
  • Resume or CV
  • List of two job related references

Please include SRHR Regional Coordinator in the subject line.

A staff committee at the World YWCA will review all applications and we will then conduct interviews via phone or Skype with short-listed applicants. We thank all who apply, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. World YWCA encourages, promotes and supports diversity in all aspects of its work.