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 an influencer,
strategist and implementer with transformational ideas about how youth and adult
practitioners, researchers, advocates and funders 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 building a new cross-stakeholder initiative to support progress in the AYSRHR
field? If this sounds like you, keep reading about the Strategy and Impact 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 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 Strategy and Impact Lead Role
The Strategy and Impact Lead is an influencer and a strategist. The individual in this role
provides overall leadership, strategic direction and coordination of the YIELD Hub, oversees
Hub operations and accountability structures and supports resource mobilization. The Strategy
and Impact Lead will work with Hub staff, the Advisory Board and the Host to refine and
implement approaches to achieve field-evolving results.

Responsibilities
● Oversee the development and implementation of a 7-year strategy using consultative
approaches; refine and manage a 3-year implementation plan and related budget.
Monitor and adapt against a results framework;
● Oversee the development and continuous improvement of functions, systems, tools,
and processes that make use of action learning and resulting knowledge to advance the
Hub mission;
● Demonstrate leadership and purposeful management skills of remote teams, Advisory
Board, and funder relationships;
● Help recruit cross-stakeholder members and manage Advisory Board engagement and
development;
● Forge and manage relationships with Hub host officers and staff, funders, and external
collaborators;
● Manage the complexity of cross-stakeholder collective action learning as an approach
and respond to emergent community, technical, and funding priorities;
● Develop strong and positive relationships with Hub stakeholders, with priority to build
and retain the trust of youth;
● Proactively promote the mission, learning and field-building contributions of the Hub
and actively seek, identify and support opportunities to raise additional funding in
collaboration with the Advisory Board, Host, and funders;
● Oversee successful implementation of age and gender related safeguarding policies.

Qualifications
● Demonstrated experience leading and managing remote teams, complex and ambitious
initiatives and associated funding streams; demonstrated experience influencing
institutional and/or systems change;
● Robust, relevant and current cross-stakeholder network and willingness to leverage that
network for the Hub’s work;
● Demonstrated experience working closely with international donors, preferably in
partnerships or collaborative initiatives;
● Deep understanding of key actors, frameworks, related politics and practices, as well as
power dimensions in the AYSRHR field;
● Broad understanding of youth civic engagement, youth leadership development, youth
participation and engagement politics and practices;
● Understanding of how to use a theory of change as a living tool and roadmap for
organized action and change within and across stakeholder groups;
● Excellent interpersonal and people management skills, mediation and conflict resolution
skills, inclusive consultation skills and demonstrated ability to motivate others;
● 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$70–75,000 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

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