Thursday, January 7, 2016


ActionAid Denmark (AADK) fights poverty by promoting the political empowerment of the world’s poor. AADK supports long-term development work, education programmes and campaigns as well as cross border exchange of experience and knowledge between people. 
The Global Platforms
The Global Platforms (GPs) are a global network of youth training hubs for empowerment and activism. The key mandate of GPs is to equip youth with the confidence, knowledge and skills to be active citizens and to engage with decision makers. The first GPs started in Tanzania and Denmark in 2009 and as of present has expanded to nine training centres in Kenya, Jordan, Palestine, Myanmar, El Salvador, Ghana, Denmark and Bangladesh. The platforms foundation is experiential and participatory learning techniques, which have evolved through inspiration from great educational thinkers like Paulo Freire and John Dewey. The GPs are an extension of ActionAid’s strong experience providing formal and non-formal training using participatory methods.
Please find more here:
ActionAid Zambia (AAZ) and the Global Platform
The Global Platform Zambia will start as a regional initiative with base in Lusaka, Zambia but will be in close strategic collaboration with AA Zimbabwe. The platform will be regional hub for Southern Africa reaching out to youth from Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi. 
ActionAid Zambia works within a human rights based framework, a theory of change, which emphasizes the critical mobilization and empowerment of communities, coupled with a strong focus on campaigning. The strategic priorities ActionAid Zambia works on are; advancing women’s rights, promoting sustainable agriculture and natural resources management; inclusive and participatory governance and education and youth engagement.With regard to education and youth engagement, AAZ closely works with youth as key agents of change, and promote youth participation in leadership and decision-making within the political arena. 
The aim of establishing the Global Platform in Zambia is to facilitate capacity development for young women and men in issues concerning them particularly related to governance and gender. The capacity development hub will further provide support to strengthen the space for youth dialogue.
Please read more on AA Zambia here and on AA Zimbabwe here.
The position, responsibilities and tasks
The overall responsibility of the GPM is to safely steer the GP through the start-up period by engaging in key partnerships, promote the GP activities in Zambia and Zimbabwe, lay the foundation for a seamless and fruitful collaboration with ActionAid Zambia and ActionAid Zimbabwe while establishing and managing the GP team. 
The tasks will include, but not be limited to:
Project Management
  • Supervise and manage the GP Team. Establishing a team spirit and ownership of the work of the Global Platform among GP staff.
  • Provide guidance and support to development of project concept notes, proposals that focus on youth engagement
  • Overall guidance and support to ensuring training quality, effectiveness and contextualization to Zambia and the region 
  • Ensure compliance with AA standards on HR and Security and make sure that the Global Platform standards on hygiene, sanitation and security can meet external requirements.  
Networking and Partnership Development
  • Develop strategic partnerships and networks with (I)NGO and related institutions to promote GP Business modalities, within the agreed AAZ Framework and also contribute to AAZ’s youth engagement
  • As an integral part of AAZ, maintain strong working relationships with the wider AAZ and AAZI team to ensure that GP is contributing to and owning the Country Stratgy Paper of AAZ and AAZI 
  • Facilitate regional sharing and brainstorming workshop to ensure GP Zambia is a regional platform reaching out to Zimbabwe and also Mozambique and Malawi
Finance Management
  • Overall responsibility for the financial management, compliance of GP, which includes development of annual budgets, monthly accounting and quarterly reporting in compliance with AA processes and guidelines and reporting to AAZ & AADK
Knowledge Management and Communications
  • Develop key communications materials (online and offline) to promote GP amongst identified partners in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi and beyond
  • Develop factsheets, success stories and lessons learnt 
  • As required, deliver capacity development initiatives.
The position reports to Head of Training Support Unit, Mads Jørgensen.
To be successful in this position our new Global Platform Manager should have:
  • Strong leadership and management skills, experience with intercultural and participatory leadership and management 
  • An innovative and entrepreneurial mind-set
  • A high degree of maturity and trust in own abilities, as well as a sound nose for diplomacy
  • A good portion tenacity 
  • The ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender 
  • Strong analytical skills and good political judgment is desirable
Furthermore the manager should:
  • Have a relevant educational Background
  • Be fluent in English
  • Have previous experience in working with youth volunteer programs, social movements or mobilization of young people
  • Previous experience from working in the region, or another GP it would be an advantage.
  • Past experience with peer-to-peer learning, participatory training methods and action research would be an advantage.
AADK offers
A three-year position, with the possibility of extension.Salary based on ActionAid International standards scale B step 0 of 18.141 DKKR, 10% pension. Relocation, child and housing allowance if applicable. Remuneration is subject to local tax.An exciting position with vast possibility of influencing your own job, the platform and ActionAid’s future.You can read more about compensation and benefits in the manual here.
Closing date: January 10th.Interviews: The recruitment process consists of three possible interviews, all in January; first interviews on the 18th, Personality profile feedback 19th -21st, second interviews the 25th. 
For further questions concerning the position in general, please contact Jakob Kirkemann Boesen (, International Director.As we only accept applications submitted through our online recruitment system, please use the link/button below.


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