Youth Network Consultant
About IPPF/WHR and the Youth Network
IPPF/WHR is part of a global movement working for a world where women, men, and youth have control over their own bodies and can freely exercise their Sexual and Reproductive Rights. To achieve this, one of our main strategies is to promote the leadership of young people in Latin America and the Caribbean.
In this regard, the IPPF/WHR Youth Network is committed to defending and promoting the consolidation of Sexual and Reproductive Rights of young people throughout the region facilitating capacity building and opportunities for meaningful participation to its youth members.
IPPF/WHR is looking to strengthen its Youth Network and is currently we’re looking for a proactive advocate to coordinate these efforts. The Youth Network Coordinator will work as an offsite consultant to the IPPF Regional Office at 10 hours a week. Depending on the location of the selected candidate, IPPF/WHR will seek assistance from Members Associations in the region to host the Youth Network Coordinator in their offices. This consultancy is for an initial period of 6 months with possibility of extension subject to availability of funds.
The Youth Network coordinator should be actively involved in the Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Youth Leadership movements. The participation as volunteer or staff of an IPPF/WHR Member Association is a plus. The selected candidate must have a strong understanding of IPPF’s structure and its strategical framework, and a strong background in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), promotion of gender equality, and youth leadership. The Youth Network Coordinator should be comfortable working with social media and an interest in communications work, both for public and institutional purposes. S/he should be fluent in Spanish and English. Knowledge of another language is a plus.
Responsibilities will include but are not be limited to:
- Facilitate work planning for the IPPF/WHR Youth Network in partnership with the Youth, Gender and Rights program.
- Support the coordination of the Regional IPPF/WHR Youth Network meeting.
- Coordinate communication between other IPPF/WHR youth members, MA youth networks, and the Regional Office.
- Disseminate news and opportunities about youth health, rights and leadership in the region. This includes creating posts for twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms.
- Write to and identify network members that can contribute with stories or blogs to motivate more young people to fight for the sexual rights and reproductive rights of their peers in their communities.
- With the network members, identify topics for capacity building and technical assistance in the areas of communications, advocacy and leadership.
- Foster and disseminate opportunities for advocacy at a regional and international level.
- Provide support to youth network members engaged in advocacy activities (linking to available resources, assisting in developing or supporting advocacy or awareness-raising campaigns as possible).
- Disseminate opportunities for funding for youth-led projects.
- Review and provide feedback to documents and resources created by the IPPF regional and/or central office.
Qualifications and skill requirements:
- An academic background related to social or political sciences, health, education or communications is preferred. A bachelor’s degree isn’t required.
- Ability to work remotely and under minimal supervision.
- Bilingual in English/Spanish.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Interest in the regional work. Knowledge of the regional mechanisms and spaces for SRHR advocacy a plus.
- Ability to travel internationally as needed.
The deadline for applications for this position is March 1st, 2018. Please send: a letter of interest, resume and the name of two references (one from your IPPF member association if you’re member of one) to the following email addresses: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Final candidates will be selected for interviews.
IPPF/WHR is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals regardless of HIV/AIDS status, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, and disability.