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Civicus Youth Co-Design Team Call for Applications 2019


Deadline: 15 Jul,2019    Next term Starts:: 22 Jul,2019



The co-design team will be a group of young, positive and innovative change makers from the Global South challenging traditional structures, envisioning new ways of working and designing programmes for civil society in a more collaborative and experimental manner. The co-design, co-creation, collaborative (CoCo) team is committed to testing new ways of relating and questioning power dynamics within civil society to enable young people to flourish with their communities.

This co-design team will be a multicultural and multidisciplinary international team working remotely with CIVICUS Secretariat. Through open platforms and virtual conference calls, the co-design team will deliver a protocol for a pilot programme to support the work of ten young fellows/activists coming from different communities and networks across the globe.


Eligibility and Criteria

Eligibility criteria for the group:

  • Representation of at least four different regions of the Global South.
  • Groups of at least 5 and up to 9 members
  • Age of team (preference for 18 – 30-year-old team members; candidates over 35-year-old are not eligible).
  • Balanced gender diversity
  • Eligibility of all team members (see below)

Eligibility criteria for team members:

In order to be eligible to be part of the co-design each team member of the group must demonstrate:

  • Entrepreneurial spirit with a creative mindset and strong critical thinking skills
  • Experience in leading training or learning programmes for young people (fellowships, workshops, conferences)
  • Passion for social movements, human rights and social justice campaigns, and grassroots activism
  • Fluency in English, good command of other languages is an asset.
  • A solid understanding of at least two of the following competencies:
    • Project management
    • Research, facilitation and writing
    • Artivism
    • Data analysis
    • Online campaigning
    • Learning/ training programmes design
    • Event management
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Monitoring & Evaluation
    • Grassroots activism
    • Social entrepreneurship
    • Creative Graphic Design
    • Governance
    • Fundraising

Selection criteria

  • Eligible groups will be assessed against these criteria:
  • Full coverage of all the required skills for the co-design team
  • Proven successful experience in working together
  • Understanding of the assignment and plan to work as a collective
  • Availability to working remotely with an international team (strong internet connectivity)
  • Availability for up to 30 days during the course of eight months, attend bi-weekly online calls, travel to meetings and work collaboratively.


Awards and Benefits

Selected participants will get the opportunity to :

  • Co-create a governance model for the design team, as well as a work plan for the eight months ahead, that includes a decision-making process, team accountability system, roles, timeline, internal communications plan and diversity and inclusion framework.
  • Co-draft a research plan and interview guidelines that will capture lessons learned from young activists who have worked with organisations that have delivered similar initiatives to support social movements like the ones in the proposed prototypes: residency programme/ alliance building model.
  • Revise the prototype proposal of the programme based on the feedback captured in the interviews and desk research. Present a concept note that includes a summary of the findings.
  • Develop a work plan for the pilot project including an updated plan for the testing phase, a plan for the launch and an evaluation framework.
  • Advise the identification and consolidation of strategic partnerships with other youth organisations to launch the pilot programme.
  • Deliver an external communication plan to launch the pilot programme. Provide advice on the language and format of the call for applications, application form, selection criteria and FAQs. Support the preparation and delivery of a “how to apply” webinar in October 2019.
  • Mobilize networks to increase the visibility of the pilot project for more young activists to apply.
  • Select the first cohort of 10 fellows/activists in November 2019.
  • Each design team member will be remunerated at a rate of USD $200.00 a day, for a total of up to USD $6,000.00 per person.
  • The contract amount for the total group of up to nine individuals is up to USD $54,000.00.


How To Apply

All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee including CIVICUS Staff, who will assess applications based on the diversity of the cohort as well as their various competencies. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend an online interview

If your collective meets the following eligibility criteria, please complete the below competency survey and also send the CV of each team member and a 500-word group statement explaining how does your team envision working together to deliver this work?

Please specify the roles allocation, contributions and timeframe for each team member and a description of the experience of the team working together. All of which can be submitted to youth@civicus.org

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