CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality (CHOICE) is a professional youth-led organization that advocates for the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) of young people globally. CHOICE’s vision is that all young people have the power to make decisions about their sexual, reproductive & love lives!
We firmly believe that young people should be able to make informed and personal decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health. Moreover, it is our core conviction that young people should participate meaningfully in decisions, policies and programs that affect their lives, in particular related to their SRHR. We strengthen the capacity of young people and youth-led organizations, enabling them to become leaders and change-makers in their communities. CHOICE promotes and supports young people’s SRHR through our International
Advocacy and Youth Leadership Programs. In our International Advocacy Program, we influence policy and decision making at an international level, for example by lobbying at the United Nations in New York and Geneva. CHOICE also develops programs to connect young people around the world so that they can enter into a dialogue about, among other things, human rights and SRHR. With our Youth Leadership Program, CHOICE promotes and actively supports capacity building of young people and youthled organizations in (mainly) Africa and Asia on advocacy, SRHR, and organizational development.
JOB DESCRIPTION – ABOUT THE ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES
This is a combined role. For 20 hours a week, you work as Program Coordinator for our Youth Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (YASRHR) program. For 8-12 hours per week, you work as Program Coordinator Youth Leadership together with our Youth Leadership team. A description of both roles can be found below. This role is based at our Amsterdam office.
1. Program Coordinator YASRHR program
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and CHOICE work together to give young people a voice in international policy making around SRHR and gender equality. Together, they set up the role of the Youth Ambassador Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Gender Equality and Bodily Autonomy (YASRHR) in 2014. The Youth Ambassador SRHR serves as an important link between young people and policy makers with the aim of better aligning the work of the Ministry with the realities of young people in the Netherlands and abroad. Through the work of the Youth Ambassador SRHR, young people have an official voice in the development of Dutch and international policy on sexual and reproductive health and rights, freedom of choice and gender equality in general, and for young people in particular. The Program Coordinator from CHOICE guides and mentors the YASRHR and interacts with the point of contact at MoFA.
Essential Responsibilities of the Program Coordinator YASRHR
The following are the main responsibilities of Program Coordinator YASRHR:
- Mentors the YASRHR in their work, for example by:
- Supporting the YASRHR to write and monitor their year plan, strategy and budget, in corporation with the MoFA;
- Tracking relevant UN and EU events, as well as events organized by the MoFA or relevant NGOs, and secures the YASRHR’s role for those events in collaboration with CHOICE’s International Advocacy Team;
- Giving input on written and spoken contribution from the YASRHR for events, meetings and policy documents.
- Coordinates annual recruitment of the YASRHR and makes sure there is a smooth handover;
- Maintains contact with relevant external stakeholders in the field to support the YASRHR program;
- Maintains contact with other CHOICE staff, especially Advocacy Coordinators, to coordinate the work of the YASRHR with CHOICE’s other programs;
- Participates in learning and evaluation activities together with the CHOICE team;
to improve the YASRHR program and interlink it with other programs.
2. Program Coordinator Youth Leadership
The Program Coordinator works on CHOICE’s Youth Leadership Program. Together with other Program Coordinators, you will be part of our Youth Leadership Team (YLT).
Essential Responsibilities of the Program Coordinator Youth Leadership
The following are the main responsibilities of the Program Coordinator Youth Leadership:
- Provide capacity strengthening on organizational development and youth leadership to youth-led organizations by providing (online) trainings, producing resources and giving technical assistance;
- Provide technical support on MYP by providing (digital) trainings, conducting assessments and giving advice to organizations in the SRHR sector;
- Maintain contact, coordinate and support program implementation within strategic partnerships;
- Attend, facilitate and (co)organize MYP related events and activities;
- Contribute to planning, monitoring, evaluating and learning of the Youth leadership Program by collecting and reporting data in Promeva, our Data Management System;
- Contribute to reporting of program activities and projects to relevant donors by providing input on written and financial reports and reporting in IATI, when required.
Shared Responsibilities with other CHOICE staff
Staff work together in many areas in CHOICE. The following responsibilities are shared among all CHOICE staff:
- Contribute to CHOICE’s annual and strategic plans
- Support the improvement and actualization of CHOICE’s organizational policies and procedures by contributing to organizational discussions and reviewing policies
- Support the Resource Mobilization Coordinator to develop funding proposals
CHOICE aims to build learning and development into all positions and ensure staff can grow in their areas of interest. The following are optional responsibilities that may be taken up by persons in this position, in consultation with the position’s direct manager and if time allows:
- Lead, contribute to and participate in internal working groups on SRHR, MYP and
- Support internal capacity development of colleagues
PROFILE – WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
Skills and Competencies
Required competencies/skills (must have)
- Support CHOICE’s mission, vision, and values: advocate for change,
intersectional feminism, human-rights based, inclusive, meaningful youth
participation, sex positive and being an ally;
- Fluent in English;
- Problem solving skills;
- Taking initiative;
- Networking skills;
- Coaching skills;
- Intercultural communication skills;
- Passionate about youth SRHR issues
Preferred competencies/skills (nice to have)
- Ability to speak another relevant language at a professional level, including Dutch
- Written communication skills;
- Facilitation skills;
- Understanding of inclusion and intersectionality.
Knowledge and Experience
Required knowledge and experience (must have)
- At least 2 years of relevant experience (including voluntary work, internships, and/or paid work) OR a Bachelor’s (University) degree or Master’s degree in a relevant field;
- Experience working with (young) people from diverse backgrounds.
- Knowledge of MS Office.
Preferred knowledge and experience (nice to have)
- Experience with or interest in providing (online) trainings to young people;
- Knowledge of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR);
- Knowledge of the international development sector;
- Knowledge of Meaningful Youth Participation (MYP);
- Knowledge of/experience with international advocacy processes
WHAT DO WE OFFER?
- A year contract, subject to renewal. This position will be 28-32 hours.
- A monthly gross salary between 2407 and 2677 on a basis of a 36-hours workweek, depending on the offered relevant (professional) work experience.
- A training budget for professional development.
- Travel allowance based on train transport (2nd class) OR a work from home allowance, depending on the public health situation.
- A challenging work environment in an inspiring office on the Amsterdam Canals (10 min walking distance to the Central Station) when the public health situation allows.
- Work laptop.
- A fantastic team!
The preferred starting date of this position is the sooner, the better, but also flexible and can be discussed.
We aim to recruit the person who is most suited to the job and welcome applications from young people of all backgrounds – people of all genders, sexual orientations, nationalities, religions and beliefs.
However, in line with CHOICE’s commitment to Meaningful Youth Participation, we especially encourage young candidates under the age of 28 to apply. Furthermore, we encourage applications from men and non-binary people, people of color, and candidates with a disability, as they remain underrepresented in the field.
Note: Only applicants in possession of a valid work permit for The Netherlands will be considered. CHOICE will not assist with any expenses associated with relocation to the Netherlands
You can send your application + CV by mail to email@example.com with as subject ‘Program Coordinator’ by Sunday October 24th the latest. The first round of interviews will be held in the week of November 1st. There will also be a second round of interviews.
For more information you can visit our website www.choiceforyouth.org or contact Jannemiek Evelo by email: firstname.lastname@example.org