Title: Africa Diaspora Programme Intern
Reports to: Head of Global Advocacy and Partnerships
Hours: 35 hours p/w
The Africa Diaspora Programme Intern will provide operational and administrative assistance to the Africa, Diaspora, Advocacy and Policy Team (ADAPT), and work closely with the Youth Programme team- Young People Speak Out (YPSO) programme. The role will directly support our Comic Relief Common Ground Initiative funded UK-Africa project: TuWezeshe Akina Dada, in line with planned activities to meet the goals of the FORWARD ADAP Team. This paid internship is an opportunity to acquire hands-on experience of youth advocacy work including campaigning, facilitation, leadership development and project management skills.
1. Project implementation support
- Implementation of the TuWezeshe project including follow up actions with project partners in Africa and Cardiff.
- Providing on-going logistic support for the fellowship and mentoring programme
- Monitoring of project activities and finances where required
- Administration where needed, including travel logistics, planning and development
- Support the coordination of the Youth Advisory Council partnership meetings, including arranging logistics for meetings in collaboration with the youth programme
- Support the planning and organising of the programme training and refresher training, and co-facilitate training sessions and other initiatives for young people in a variety of settings.
- Support the organisation of internal workshops, events and other projects under the Tuwezeshe project and other ADAPT projects using networking and research skills to identify resources/guest speakers to enhance the programme.
- Support the organisation of youth leadership training sessions including residential sessions, conferences, consultation meetings, and informal networking events.
3. Youth advocacy and social action
- Support the social media activities to promote activities and share information; including Facebook page, Facebook group and Twitter.
- Support the creation of youth friendly resources
- Support the implementation of the TuWezeshe Fellows’ social action activities and sub-granting aspect of the project.
- Work with ADAPT and the Youth and Schools team to undertake advocacy actions with young people including the young women’s hub and related events.
- Write short articles and reports where necessary to share information on the youth programme activities and issues pertaining to young women’s rights and violence against women and girls
4. General Duties
- Co-manage logistics of the TuWezeshe Akina Dada project and YPSO activities with supervisor e.g. prepare budgets, secure venues, organise refreshments.
- Contribute to the development of internal policies and strategies and annual and periodic work plans and reports of ADAPT.
- The post holder may additionally be called upon to undertake any other duties and tasks appropriate to the role and level of the position including management and supervision of staff and interns.
- To assist the Executive Director on other matters, including answering general correspondence and queries from members, officers, and the general public on a wide range of issues.
To carry out other duties as required by Executive Director.
We are interested in applicants with the following set of skills:
- Experience of working with young women from African, BME, or diaspora communities.
- Experience of working with BME communities, particularly FGM affected communities on issues relating sexual health, human rights, violence against women and girls, child marriage or FGM.
- Experience of leadership, strong decision making ability and taking initiative to solve problems.
- Excellent presentation, confidence and delivery skills particularly on sensitive issues to young people.
- Excellent written and verbal communication in English, particularly in communicating effectively and sensitively with BME, FGM affected communities.
- Ability to develop new and innovative ideas and seize opportunities to enhance the youth programme.
- Competent IT skills for daily use; including social media awareness
- Good understanding of sexual and reproductive health, human rights, violence against women and girls, including FGM.
- Good understanding of the importance of team work and equal opportunity matters
- Good understanding of youth work and immigrant communities issues
- Passion for advocating for the rights and dignity of women and girls.
- Empathy for BME women and communities, particularly FGM affected communities.
- Self-starter, motivated, willing to take and give direction.
- Commitment to the values and vision of FORWARD. A commitment to diversity and equality in working relationships and practice.
- Experience in facilitating or delivering workshops, sessions or presentations to young people; particularly BME young people or those from FGM affected communities.
- Experience working in school settings.
The deadline for applications is 31st December 2017.