Senior Project Coordinator – Advocacy Training
Founded 20 years ago and Chaired by Sarah Brown, Theirworld has grown to become a leading global children’s charity committed to ending the education crisis and unleashing the potential of the next generation. It aims to give every child the best start in life, a safe place to learn and skills for the future.
If you care about issues like climate change, gender equality, inclusion, helping refugees and ensuring the voices of young people are represented at all levels of decision-making, then join us!
We believe in unlocking big change from an environment which is supportive and inclusive. This is why, in 2023, we are trialling an innovative 4-day-working-week which sees all employees working Monday to Thursday on full pay, with the office closed on Fridays.
This is in addition to hybrid working with at least one day a week based in the office.
Other benefits include:
- Regular in-house training
- Potential opportunities for travel to our projects or to the UN General Assembly in New York
- Central London location: 5 mins from Liverpool St Station and Shoreditch High Street
- Highly competitive salaries
About the role
Theirworld is seeking an experienced and dynamic Senior Project Coordinator that will elevate the impact of its Global Youth Ambassador (GYA) programme. Over the last two years, the GYA programme has grown to support 2000 young people from over 120 countries to take action for education – connecting the reality young people are facing in their communities to national and global levels, where they can lead the conversations, shape policy, and influence decision makers.
In 2023, we are determined to increase their impact and make sure young people are front and centre in the campaign for education opportunity. We are implementing a new tiered-engagement approach and demonstrating how education sits at the heart of the global challenges we face, so that no matter what issue a young person is passionate about or time they can commit, they can join the movement for education. We are seeking a hard-working Senior Project Coordinator that can implement these models and maximise this network’s ability to advocate for every child’s right to education, wherever they are.
The successful candidate will have facilitation experience and be confident working with diverse groups – whether speaking with young people or approaching world leaders. They will be committed to meaningful youth participation, inclusive practices, and be passionate about securing the right to education for every child. They will have a demonstrable commitment to the vision of the programme and be proactive in working as a team to ensure the objectives are reached.
You will be based in our London office, with occasional domestic and international travel as required.
The Global Youth Ambassador programme
The GYA programme is a network of incredible young campaigners (18-30 years old) from across the world who are working together to campaign for the delivery of Sustainable Development Goal 4 – inclusive and equitable quality education for all – by 2030. The programme focuses on supporting networking and connections between GYAs, providing training and skills development, and facilitating exciting and impactful campaigning opportunities. We currently have a network of 2000 GYAs from more than 120 countries. It is the programme’s aim to ensure young people have the tools, knowledge, opportunity and inspiration to advocate for education.
As the Senior Project Coordinator – Advocacy Training, specific responsibilities will include (but not be limited to):
- Supporting and training individuals, groups, and network members to further their ability to advocate for education. The individual will identify, create and maximise advocacy opportunities for GYAs through 1:1 support, facilitating working-groups, designing and delivering virtual trainings, and where possible, in-person workshops, covering topics such as creating advocacy plans, how to effectively communicate messages, and collaborating with stakeholders.
- Distilling policy reports and education data into accessible advocacy resources and learning materials, along with guidance documents informed by the needs of the network and where appropriate, co-created by GYAs.
- Increasing network engagement in programme activities, including the online learning platform, virtual events, and advocacy actions.
- Work with Theirworld projects, campaigns and communications teams to maximise and support opportunities for GYAs to engage.
- Represent Theirworld at advocacy meetings alongside other charities and NGOs, and reporting to various internal teams.
- Support the continued growth and diversification of the GYA programme through promoting, processing and onboarding new members to the programme.
- Support the GYA programme team to monitor, flag and make swift and effective responses to any issues affecting our GYAs aligned with our organisational policies.
- Record MEL metrics on network member engagement, GYA learning and development, and GYA Programme team objectives.
- Additional duties as assigned
Experience, skills and character
- At least 3 years’ experience working in youth engagement, ideally related to international development and/or human rights campaigning.
- Passionate about ending the global education crisis and its importance for solving global challenges, and the role that young people can play in making quality education for all a reality.
- Confident in-person and virtual training facilitator, demonstrating cultural sensitivity and understanding when interacting with a diverse audience, along with the ability to adapt quickly to effectively meet learning objectives of the group or individual.
- Familiar with or experience in youth participatory methodologies for designing and delivering training and support.
- Confident navigating advocacy and influencing spaces and supporting young people to engage in campaign actions (including at high-level events).
- Excellent organisational and prioritisation skills with good attention to detail, ability to work under pressure and to deadlines, and generally to have a high bar for quality in your own work as well as your colleagues.
- An understanding and experience of inclusive approaches to working with young people, particularly internationally, is a plus.
- Knowledge of climate or early childhood development advocacy and movements a plus.
- A commitment to Theirworld’s aims and a clear understanding of the contribution that campaigning can make to achieve our mission and how it can best link with other parts of the organisation’s work.
- Potential advantage if you have fluency in another language than English, but not a requirement.
£30,000 + based on qualifications and experience.
Apply for this role
Please submit your CV and a covering email to [email protected] including the name of the role of interest in the subject line of your email.
Closing date for applications:
Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is successfully filled.