Regional Knowledge and Communications Advisor

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Regional Knowledge and Communications Advisor

  • Post Date:April 30, 2022
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  • Career Level Other
    Qualification Degree
    Experience 5-10 Years
  • Industry Non Governmental
Job Description

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organization that applies practical know-how to make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty. We use our extensive and long-term in-country presence to apply and adapt our top-notch expertise in agriculture, energy, and WASH to local contexts. SNV has an annual turnover of €130 million, over 1,250 staff in more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organization that uses project financing to implement our mission. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence.

In its current Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV has more explicitly aimed for systems change during project preparation and implementation – by strengthening institutions and kick-starting markets that help many more to escape poverty beyond our projects.

Opportunities for Youth Employment (OYE+) Southern Africa

SNV in partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Southern Africa, together with SIDA, is implementing a regional (multi-country) program entitled Opportunities for Youth Employment (OYE+), in Zimbabwe and Zambia from 2019 and 2020 respectively. OYE+ aims to improve the livelihoods and prospects for 20,000 out-of-school youths who are socially and economically vulnerable (of whom at least 50% are young women) in “green” jobs, agriculture, and energy through (self-) employment and entrepreneurship using the Push-Match-Pull model. The strategy of the program is market-based and has a strong focus on agriculture and agribusiness value chains to increase incomes. Opportunities for decent youth (self-) employment are identified, and gaps between those opportunities and economically underprivileged young women and men in terms of employability skills, market linkages, access to finance and business coaching and mentoring are addressed.

Job Description

Working under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Regional Program Manager, the Regional Knowledge and Communications Advisor develops and manages knowledge, shares learnings, and increases awareness of OYE’s mandate and activities amongst its partners, stakeholders and the general public. She/He also manages and implements the OYE regional communications strategy with the objective of increasing the visibility and promoting the work of OYE in the region. The incumbent will be responsible for leading efforts to promote the project’s knowledge agenda, information flow and visibility of OYE projects in the region.

In close liaison with the two country project teams, SNV has established a regional hub led by the Regional Program Manager, which hub now has a vacancy for a Regional Knowledge & Communications Advisor.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support coordination of regional progress monitoring
  • Provide support for the research, drafting and preparation of regional and national policy briefs, articles, blog posts, talking points, op-eds, and factsheets to promote project results and activities
  • Organise internal and external learning exchanges and knowledge events to enhance project objectives
  • Lead the production, documentation, and impactful dissemination of knowledge products across a range of media (project progress, lessons learned, case studies, youth testimonies and more) for advocacy and policy dialogue for national and regional stakeholders’ platforms and selected networks, as well as other internal (SNV) and external audiences
  • Identify and create opportunities to enhance OYE brand positioning and thought leadership on cross-cutting themes around youth empowerment, employment, gender, and entrepreneurship
  • Drive and co-ordinate strategic, engaging, and creative communications to achieve the project’s objectives, including amplifying youth voices, sharing inspiring stories of change, communicating knowledge in compelling ways and building relationships with various media outlets
  • Develop and maintain events calendar, ensuring that key milestones and events are identified and planned early (including virtual and online events)
  • Oversee and support the implementation of the regional communication strategy; developing appropriate messages and information materials to ensure the success of events
  • Provide support to Regional Program Manager in writing reports to partners and donors
  • Participate in capacity building of staff where appropriate and relevant.

Qualifications

  • First Degree in social sciences, development studies, strategic communication, advocacy, or other relevant disciplines. A Master’s Degree is an added advantage.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and one or more additional local languages (Zimbabwe /Zambia – Nyanja or Bemba) a plus.
  • Strong organisational and interpersonal management skills
  • Highly proficient in MS Office and other relevant software and applications
  • At least five years’ experience in implementing youth-related communication or advocacy projects or campaigns in the development context.
  • A relevant portfolio of knowledge and/or communication products or publications
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of youth employment related issues
  • Strong motivation and drive to achieve professional and high-quality results
  • Attention to detail and willingness to occasionally travel and work with people in grassroots communities.

Key competencies

  • Ability to manage complexities, shifting priorities, and work effectively independently and without constant supervision, as well as in a team setting
  • Experience working collaboratively in a team structure in a multicultural environment is desirable
  • Affinity with and demonstrated experience with issues related to inclusion of young women and young men in socio-economic processes and access to markets (including finance)
  • Familiarity with gender mainstreaming and youth economic empowerment
  • Ability to write in an accessible and analytically solid manner
  • Ability to translate complex knowledge and concepts into creative multimedia, for diverse audiences, with clear advocacy objectives.

Contract duration: One year
Expected start date: 1 June 2022
Location: Harare with travel to Zambia

How to apply

Please apply by clicking on the Apply Now button and complete your application by 1 May 2022. Applicants to submit cover letter and CV.

NB: Only shortlisted will be contacted.