Cross-posted from ActionAid:

We want to change the world. Do you?
 ActionAid Denmark’s training department, Training for Change, is seeking a motivated and innovative Global Platform Manager, to manage our youth training and innovation centre in Nairobi, Kenya.

About Training for Change We develop trainings for professionals in the NGO-field, youth from ActionAid’s global youth network Activista, volunteers from high income countries, youth from ActionAid’s partner organizations in low and middle income countries, and passionate young people inspired to change their community for the better. Every year, approximately 4000 volunteers and professionals are trained at TCDC (our largest training centre in Arusha, Tanzania) and at our Global Platforms in Nepal, El Salvador, Jordan, Mt Kenya, Nairobi, Tanzania, Myanmar and more countries in the near future. As an employee in Training for Change, you will be part of a team of approximately 40 colleagues around the world.

About Global Platforms The fundamental aim of the Global Platforms (GP) is to empower young people to create positive social change. The GPs are founded on experiential and participatory learning techniques that have evolved from the Danish folk high school system and ActionAid Denmark’s (AADK) focus on empowerment and social change. The GPs are a natural extension of AADK’s strong experience providing formal and non-formal training using participatory methods in high, middle and low income countries. The GPs create social change through training, capacity support, mentoring, networking, cultural exchange and incubation of young people with innovative ideas. And through supporting ActionAid (AA) staff and partners to access new thinking and approaches to facilitating social change within their programmes. The training element is central to the work and the outreach of the Global Platforms, however, the GPs are more than just youth training centres, they are spaces for innovation, incubation, creativity, solidarity, cultural exchange and growth in a myriad of ways.

For more information about Global Platform Nairobi Visit our website:

Role DescriptionManagement, Strategy and Leadership will be your overall responsibility. This include Staff supervision, responsibility for managing 4-6 trainers and support staff at the Global Platform; financial management, recruitment, workplans, monitoring training performance and curriculum development, problem solving and conflict resolution. Developing innovative long term strategies for the Global Platform in close coordination with the AAI regional programme, supervising the development of training curriculums and logistics, weekly coordination with the Head of International Global Platforms and the AAI director. Team and Global Platform coordination, responsibility for weekly meetings with the Global Platform team, project meetings with each training team, meetings with external partners and guest speakers and practical responsibilities, as well as coordinating the input of the regional and international voluntary training teams, management and coordination of the different training courses.

Furthermore you have the overall responsibility for:Donor relations, communication and Global Platform marketing Training and course development Development of the Global Platform

About you as Global Platform ManagerNecessary knowledge, skills, experience and behavior required by the role and the expected achievementManagement – You have a minimum of 3 years management experience, and will be an effective manager in cross cultural situations with extensive experience in capacity building staff. Much of your time will be taken up managing the trainers, ensuring training quality, and supervising the implementation of other projects and events that are being implemented at the platform.

Strategic - a key task is to identify new potential training partners and donors/NGOs/UN agencies in the region besides ActionAid who wish to partner with our training programme, and build strong alliances with a number of strategic organizations and networks to establish the Global Platform as a strong youth hub. Part of this task will also involve establishing relations which can lead to more income generating courses for the Platform. (Read about our trainings

Financial – You will have documented experience in budget management. You will have personal responsibility to ensure the financial integrity of the platform including developing annual budgets for income and expenditure, monthly monitoring of actual expenses and incomes, quarterly reporting for acquittal and funds disbursement, and reporting to ActionAid Denmark of concerns or discrepancies in the financial accounts.

Administration – You have previous experience in project management, organization and administration and more importantly human resource management. You are experienced with planning and team coordination; and you have the desire and will to take a challenging and exciting job with a high degree of self-leadership and room for initiative.

Communciation – You will be a diplomatic and skilled communicator having to negotiate partner agreements with ActionAid International, manage day to day relations with strategic partners, ensure trainers are motivated, problems are resolved and that key relationships are maintained at an effective and professional level.

Training – You must also be prepared and ready to train when the need arises and therefore have extensive experience facilitation and will be familiar with participatory training approaches that aim to empower young people to become drivers of change (see below).

Innovative – You are creative and have an entrepreneur’s spirit, because Global Platform Nairobi is a training center is in a start-up phase and thus in growth. There is therefore a need for a highly creative and initiating daily leader. You enjoy working in an energetic environment full of ideas, and you are able to focus and prioritize in a sometimes hectic every day working life.

English is the language of ActionAid, so an excellent level of English (written and spoken) is a requirement.

About you as a manager of trainers Training for Change has four general competences as a goal for our trainings. As a trainer at a Global Platform, you are expected to be competent and contribute with qualified training within these core competences. Because the trainings are conducted by a team of trainers, you do not need to be an expert within all of these areas. However, you should be qualified within at least three of them. The areas are:

ANALYSE – In depth knowledge about globalization, development politics, volunteerism and social movements ORGANISE – Knowledge about and experience with forms of organizing, leadership and facilitation COMMUNICATE – Experiences and skills within communication, especially new and creative media, such as video, web, graphic design, theatre etc. ACT – A central component in Training for Change’s training method is the courage to constantly make sure, that the knowledge and skills taught in the trainings are tested in real life, be it in small scale pilot projects or large scale campaigns.

MS AADK offers: A position based in Nairobi, Kenya, in a dynamic working environment with non-formal atmosphere. A 3-years contract from 1st April 2013 or as soon as possible. Sparring and support from Team Manager, other Global Platform Managers and highly motivated, innovative and professional colleagues.

Application  Interviews: Week 6/2013 For further questions concerning the position, please contact Mette Marie Yde, myd(at) Please do also consult our webpage for further information. Please use the link below for applying as we only accept applications through our recruitment database.

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