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Action Learning Groups Lead @ Yield Collective Action Hub

Vacancy number 2021-34

About You

Are you committed to creating a world where young people are actively contributing to and influencing all levels of decision making and implementation of adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health and rights (AYSRHR) efforts? Do you identify as a process master, relationship builder and collective mobilizer with transformational ideas about how youth and adult researchers, funders, advocates, practitioners can work together to evolve practices that deliver better AYSRHR? Do you believe in collective action learning as an approach to dismantling entrenched barriers and creating new opportunities? Are you creative, ambitious and interested in guiding intergenerational stakeholders to advance the measurement, resourcing and practice of youth partnership in AYSRHR? If this sounds like you, keep reading about the Action Learning Groups Lead role!

About the Collective Action Learning Hub

Young people want and deserve the power to make decisions about their bodies, lives, and futures. It is both their right and their responsibility. But making this a reality requires youth participation at every level of AYSRHR decision-making and implementation — such that young people are engaged as partners and leaders in all efforts.

More than three decades of efforts to engage young people have demonstrated that, when this is done effectively, there are benefits not only for young people, but also the adults who work with them, the institutions they serve and lead, the initiatives they spearhead, and the outcomes they seek. Partnering with young people is not only the right thing to do; it improves the quality and responsiveness of AYSRHR efforts.

Yet despite increasing evidence of the multi-level benefits of youth partnership , this practice has not been systematically, consistently, or rigorously adopted. Mainstreaming youth partnership in AYSRHR is stymied by a lack of cross-stakeholder alignment, coordination, and shared learning. As such, stakeholders are calling for concentrated efforts toward collective action learning to overcome these persistent barriers and advance youth partnership in AYSRHR efforts as the norm.

The YIELD Cross-Stakeholder Collective Action Learning Hub will function as a cross-stakeholder field-building entity toward mainstreaming young people’s participation as a norm that funders both expect and resource, and that institutions of all sizes and types integrate as a standard way of working. The Hub will anchor its work in a collective theory of change and pursue field-defined action learning priorities within and across the domains of measurement, practice and resourcing of youth partnership in AYSRHR. This is a new initiative built on the research and stakeholder engagement of the Youth Investment, Engagement and Leadership Development Project (YIELD Project). You can find related research and tools at yieldproject.org.

The YIELD Hub is an independent initiative hosted by Rutgers. The Hub will be staffed by a core team of three leads with operational support from Rutgers staff.

About the Action Learning Groups Lead Role

The Action Learning Groups Lead is a process master, relationship builder, and collective mobilizer. The individual in this role will provide leadership, coordination, and facilitation of intergenerational cross-stakeholder action learning group implementation.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and manage criteria, policy, and process for action learning group core joining, membership and leadership
  • Establish plans and process for broader stakeholder engagement and participation in action learning group related work
  • Facilitate the establishment of action learning priorities and objectives setting and related process arcs of each group; facilitate groups to achieve their objectives
  •  Manage communications and make relevant connections within and across action learning groups
  • Design and maintain online action learning group work spaces
  • Continuously motivate diverse intergenerational cross-stakeholder participation in learning action groups, ensuring balanced youth influence and genuine youth-adult partnership
  • Ensure the successful execution of virtual (and future in-person) action learning group workshops and meetings
  • Manage the logistics, set-up, design, and implementation of synchronous knowledge- capturing activities, including meetings, focus groups, and workshops
  • Identify knowledge emerging from collective action learning that can be packaged and promoted to support the evolution of youth partnership practice in AYSRHR among cross-stakeholders and broader actors in the field.
  • Develop strong and positive relationships with Hub stakeholders, with priority to build and retain the trust of youth.

Qualifications

  • Excellent interpersonal and people management skills, mediation and conflict resolution skills, inclusive consultation skills and demonstrated ability to motivate others
  • Understanding of how to use a theory of change as a living tool and roadmap for organized action and change within, across and beyond stakeholder groups
  • Sound understanding of the measurement, resourcing and practice barriers holding back youth partnership as the norm in AYSRHR.
  • Demonstrated experience in agenda and workshop design for learning exchange and new knowledge generation that include a high degree of interaction and reflection.
  • Strong strategic-thinking and integration skills, with ability to identify opportunities and obstacles related to collective action learning group priorities and agendas.
  • Profound interest and curiosity in the priorities and collective processes that drive the work of the Hub and its stakeholders.
  • Sound understanding of technologies, platforms, and IT infrastructure that facilitate virtual collective action and learning processes.
  • Ability to quickly understand and navigate group dynamics, institutional frameworks and information cultures
  • Ability to think and work at both the strategic and detailed levels of process implementation.
  • Solid understanding of the role of theories of change, measurement and evaluation, and how they drive resourcing and practices in the field and related barriers to progress. Specific skills and experience in research and monitoring, learning and evaluation desired.
  • University degree or related experience in youth leadership, international development, community development, AYSRHR or relevant social science field.
  • Fluency in English and desired proficiency in French.

If you do not meet all the criteria above but still feel your experience could be a good fit
for the role, please apply. We recognize that candidates who do not check every box can
add value to the Hub.

Additional Information

We offer a challenging position in an international working environment, with highly motivated and qualified colleagues. The position is a contractual position for one year, with opportunity for annual renewal. Global conditions permitting, the position may require up to 10% regional and international travel. Compensation range is US$60–65,000 per year based on a 36-hour week.

We are seeking a geographically, gender diverse team of young professionals between the ages of 25-35 years. Young professionals from countries that are not members of the European Union or from the United States of America are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

If you are an interested and qualified candidate, please send: a cover letter focused on describing why this specific role and the Hub initiative are interesting and important to you. This cover letter should also showcase your relevant experience and skills and be accompanied by your resume. Your application for this position must be submitted via the online application form.

For further information related to the position, please email vacatures@rutgers.nl, citing the above-mentioned vacancy number as reference.

For additional background information about the YIELD Project, visit yieldproject.org. If you would like more information about Rutgers as the hosting organization, please consult www.rutgers.international.

Applications for this position should be submitted no later than Sunday October 24, 2021. The candidate selection process will then begin the following week with screening interviews, followed by panel interviews, and then individual interviews with finalists.

Your personal data will be erased three months after the completion of the application procedure. This vacancy has been posted internally and externally simultaneously.

If this is not your dream job, please support The YIELD Hub and Rutgers by sharing this vacancy in your network. We do not appreciate receipt of any commercial correspondence through the channels listed for the purposes of replying to this advertisement.

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