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ActionAid Zimbabwe Vacancy: Acess to Public Services Advisor - Harare, Zimbabwe

ActionAid Zimbabwe Vacancy: Acess to Public Services Advisor - Harare, Zimbabwe
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ActionAid International Zimbabwe (AAZ) seeks a highly qualified and experienced professional to support improvements in the quality, equity and gender responsiveness of public services disadvantage people and youth at both national and Local Rights Programmes (LRP) level.  The Access to Public Services Advisor will be hosted by ActionAid International partner, Institute for Young Women Development (IYWD), a development oriented organization that was founded in 2009.

ActionAid is a global movement of people working in 43 countries to further human rights for all and defeat poverty.  In Zimbabwe, ActionAid Zimbabwe (AAZ) has a wide spread geographical coverage with presence in over 12 districts.  ActionAid uses the Human rights Based approach emphasising building civic competence to challenge injustices, empower youth to practice their roles and responsibilities and able them to demand fulfilment of their human rights.  The Institute for Young Women Development has projects on women socio-economic and civil rights, young women participation in policy dialogue processes and business management. The organisation aims at promoting sustainable livelihoods among young women from marginalised communities that include rural, farming and mining communities and has since its formation implemented projects in Mashonaland Central Province.

The main objective of the Access to Public Services Advisor is to:
  • Support the evaluation of status of young women’s access to public services and develop their capacities for meaningful policy dialogue and engagement for the promotion and protection of their social rights.
  • Support  AAIZ youth partners and Focus Area Coordinators to map out critical issues for youth engagement at both national and LRP level and guide them to design youth and children friendly and focused interventions
  • Assist AAIZ, IYWD and other youth partner organizations to design demand driven programmes that advocate for the improvement of youth access to public services.
  • Conducting and supporting group training and providing individual coaching sessions to empower key youth with advocacy, lobbying and proactive dialogue skills for use in engagement with different leadership players in government.
  • Support LRP Coordinators to integrate youth programs into their annual plans; and put in place mechanisms that promote continuity of youth and children issues at local and national levels.
Professional experience and qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in social sciences or relevant disciplines like Public Sector Management, Public Administration, Development Studies.
  • Proven record of achievement over 4 years of increasingly responsible experience in youth related civil society work, at least a youthful age of between (18-35) years with a passion for working and engaging with all categories of youth.
  • Demonstrated abilities and contributions to youth programmes (ideally in at least one area of youth in design, implementation and or/M&E. 
  • Strong strategic research and policy analysis skills, advocacy & lobby skills with knowledge on the use of ICTs, social media for mobilization and advocacy. Experience in Youth Economic Empowerment and good understanding of young women issues.
EXPECTED STARTING DATE: 1st November 2014 preferred
Contract start is subject to approval of work permit. The assignment is for 24 months, with the possibility for renewal.  (Work permit processing usually takes up to six weeks when all relevant documents are submitted).

All applications must include a letter of motivation and an updated CV should be forwarded by email to with a subject line: Application for Access to Public Services Advisor.

Deadline for application submission: 21st July 2014

Due to the large number of applications received for these positions, it is not possible to provide feedback to all applications. Therefore, only shortlisted candidates will be notified at each stage of the recruitment process. If you have not received any reply to your application by 31th July   2014, then you have unfortunately not been taken into consideration for this position.

The Access to Public Services Advisor is placed through ActionAid’s People4Change program; a people-to-people programme providing development support to ActionAid Country Programs and their partners. As People4Change is a cross-national program, aiming at building tolerance, respect and expertise across cultures and borders, this position is not available for permanent residents of Zimbabwe.  If you are a permanent resident of Zimbabwe and find this job interesting, please note that similar Advisor placements in other countries are regularly advertised at

Recruitment timelines:
  • 25th  July 2014____Shortlisted candidates are contacted
  • 31st   July 2014____First round of Phone/Skype interviews with shortlisted candidates
  • 18th  August 2014____Final Phone/Skype interviews with finalist candidate
  • 1st November 2014____Preferred start date or when work permit is issued.
More Information
A comprehensive job description is available for download at:  The job description includes thorough information about the job content, salary, and background for the placement. All interested candidates are strongly recommended to go through the detailed job description before applying. For more information on the People4Change program, please visit the ActionAid Denmark website: For information on ActionAid Zimbabwe, please visit:

For further practical questions related the advertised position, please contact:
Lillian Matsika – AAIZ Programme & Policy Manager: