Vacancy: Network Coordinator

About Theirworld

Theirworld is an influential global charity aiming to end the global education crisis and unleash the potential of the next generation. We work to ensure that every child has the best start in life, a safe place to learn, and skills for the future. To achieve this, we are tackling the lack of political will, financial commitment and action that is currently preventing the realisation of inclusive, quality education for all children. We bring together experience and evidence from our research and projects alongside the passion and power of our campaigns and communications to unlock the big, transformational changes needed to end the global education crisis.

We have existed since 2002, and we are currently going through an exciting period of growth and transformation - assembling a world-class team of campaigners, communicators, researchers, advocates and project managers with the skills, commitment to our mission, and strong team spirit and creative energy to turn the organisation’s vision into reality.

About the role

One of these critical new hires is a Network Coordinator for our Global Youth Ambassador programme. We are looking for a strong candidate with experience of working with young people on campaigning and advocacy to coordinate the engagement of our international network of Global Youth Ambassadors (GYAs).

The GYA programme is a network of incredible young campaigners (18-29 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 1000 GYAs across 90+ countries.

In 2021, we want to scale up this program to make it the absolute go-to network for young campaigners who want to be at the forefront of the future of education and for this to help create a transformational youth movement for education. Such a powerful youth movement for education is so critically needed right now to pressure decision-makers to prioritise and fund education at the levels required to end the global education crisis. This will involve us further expanding the size of the network, investing in improved tools and approaches to offer greater training and campaigning opportunities for GYAs, and coordinating regular events (virtual and in-person when possible) to help GYAs connect and collaborate and learn from one another.

This role will be vital to the GYA Programme team. You will be one of the main points of contact for network members, maintaining all regular communications, and organising crucial moments for GYAs to connect, learn, and take action. You will be hands-on and creative in coming up with new ways to drive involvement and make the movement to end the education crisis accessible for everyone. You will also take an active role in supporting the process to recruit and onboard new GYAs.

The Network Coordinator will report to the Director of Policy, Advocacy and Programs and be based in our London office (though note the role will be home-based until we all return to office working).

Main Responsibilities

  • Work with Theirworld projects, campaigns and communications teams to maximise and support opportunities for GYAs to engage.

  • Lead the creation and dissemination of fortnightly newsletters, including creating and events for the network, action opportunities and profiling GYA stories. 

  • Organise and deliver monthly virtual events to the GYA network including training, guest speakers, and discussions on education issues.

  • Regularly monitor and post on the bespoke GYA online platform, creating new ways to increase engagement.

  • Support the Senior Youth Engagement Manager to coordinate and deliver training sessions for GYAs (virtual and in-person when possible).

  • Coordinate the processing of applications and onboarding new GYAs to the network.

  • Support the Senior Youth Engagement Manager in the growth and diversification of the network.

  • Support the GYA Programme team to monitor, flag and make swift and effective responses to any safeguarding issues affecting our GYAs (in close collaboration and under overall guidance of our Safeguarding Lead).

  • Record MEL metrics on network member engagement, GYA learning and development, and GYA Programme team objectives.

  • Additional duties as assigned.

Experience, skills and character

You should have:

  • At least 2+ years of experience in working in youth engagement - ideally related to international development, campaigning and advocacy.

  • Strong passion for ending the global education crisis and the role that young people can play in making quality education for all a reality.

  • Experience in creating engaging materials for a diverse audience - particularly creating and delivering approaches that inspire target audiences to take action, explains complex issues clearly, and increases participation.

  • Experience curating communication content for younger audiences across different mediums, including email and social media. Experience communicating with international audiences is a plus.

  • Track-record of coordinating and delivering training for young people, experience of doing so in an international context is a plus.

  • Excellent project coordination skills and the ability to navigate multiple priorities while maintaining a close attention to detail. 

  • Demonstrable understanding of applying inclusive and participatory approaches to working with young people.

  • 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.

  • A collaborative, hands-on attitude and team player approach, with a problem-solving, self-starter mindset and ability to take initiative and think outside the box. 

  • 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.

Salary

Starting from £26,000 per annum, based on experience and qualifications. 

Apply for this role

Please submit a (1) cover letter, (2) CV/resume, and (3) portfolio of work (optional) to jobs@theirworld.org by 22nd January 2021.

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