Pan African Adolescent Girls Movement Coordinator

at Graça Machel Trust
Location Johannesburg, South Africa
Date Posted
Category Management
Work Hours Day
Salary Units MONTH
Currency ZAR
Street Address Johannesburg




The Graça Machel Trust (GMT) is a Pan-African advocacy organization focused on child health and nutrition, girls education, women’s economic empowerment and leadership. Our mission is one to amplify women’s movements, influence governance and promote women’s contributions and leadership in the economic, social and political development of Africa. The Trust has financial inclusion, agribusiness and enterprise development-focused networks in 16 countries in Africa. The Trust also advocates for the protection of children’s rights and dignity, and an end to stunting and malnutrition.


Since 2010, we have worked to “Multiply the Faces and Amplify the Voices” of African women and organizations serving children. As a Pan African organization operating at multiple strategic levels--at the national, subregional and continental level— we intend to remove structural barriers and unleash the potential of millions of adolescent girls and women; achieving wide reaching impact and accelerate the transformation of Africa to a more equitable and prosperous continent.






A Pan-African movement to unleash the innate power of African adolescent girls is being launched in 2021. The Graça Machel Trust(GMT) is leading this innovative, new approach towards nurturing adolescent girls in Africa so they are equipped to fully express their identity, claim and exercise their rights, and realize their full potential.


GMT is creating the platform to enable this Pan African movement which will creatively cultivate the inherent power and agency of African adolescent girls. GMT values the inherent vibrancy, creativity and energy adolescents possess and recognizes that adolescents are impatient for change. We recognize adolescents are yearning to have a space where their opinions and aspirations are valued, have a voice in shaping their futures and identities, and are able to challenge norms that limit them. This movement will be designed, owned and led by adolescent girls themselves.


GMT will catalyze the unleashing of the strength of adolescents so they are able to exercise full agency over their lives, challenge and break through the social norms that often constrict them, and in doing so, grow into a new generation of strong African women. This indigenous African movement, led and designed mainly by adolescent girls themselves, will address the societal barriers that impede on their holistic development. These adolescent girls, grounded in their African identity and mindful of their inherent capabilities and dignity, will be the drivers of Africa’s social transformation.


The movement aims to enable the:


  • Nurturing of adolescent girls, aged 15 to 17 years, so that they are equipped with the information, skills, confidence and agency to affirm their rights and dignity and participate meaningfully in the decision-making processes that affect them


  • Establishment of nurturing environments for adolescents, that enable their participation and therefore drives progress


Strategic Responsibilities


The Movement Coordinator will take ownership of the GMT’s strategic objectives to build a Pan African Adolescent Girls movement and drive the progression of the movement and its success. S/he will:


Lead the establishment, growth and development of the movement with a specific focus on the following:

Ensure Adolescents’ voices and leadership are the key drivers of the movement


Design effective coordinating structures and thriving platforms led by Adolescent girls at national, regional and global levels


Manage the key partners and stakeholders of the movement partners


Conduct regular mappings to inform areas of expansion to cover new geographic areas through additional partners across Africa


Manage, mentor and build capacity of the country partners to ensure quality execution of the movement activities


Build structures for the development and strengthening and expansion of nurturing country chapters called “Nests” which will serve to ground the movement even further.


Develop and maintain effective partnerships and meaningful collaborations to advance the objectives and growth of the movement with specific focus on skills development and training, implementation, and funding


Support the resource mobilisation activities for the movement in consultation with the Business Development Manager; to resource the full establishment and expansion of the movement to be pan-African in coverage over a three-year period


Develop strong policy engagement linkages for the regional agendas created by the Adolescent Movement and related networks with Global, Pan-African and regional economic institutions, commitments and stakeholders


Develop and maintain effective communication strategies with the Movement’s stakeholders including the networks, nurturing partners, Reference and Advocates group, funders and policymakers.


Manage the Movement’s communication platforms including the website and social media platforms; to maintain thriving platforms led by and amplifying the voices of Adolescent girls


Conceptualize, design and execute the Movement’s contribution to GMT-related strategic events including bi-annual Summits, regional convenings etc.


Develop and deliver on an annual work plan and budget of the Movement and related initiatives.






A minimum of postgraduate degree qualification in any of the following disciplines: African studies, Anthropology; Development studies; Economics; Law; Linguistics; Sociology and related studies or any other relevant discipline

At least 7 years of managerial experience in community program management, advocacy program management, program/project management

Proven experience in youth/adolescent programming

Proven experience in a middle management position or higher

Strong and demonstrated experience in conceptualizing/designing high level convening centered on social change issues

Knowledge and/or experience in the areas of African politics, economic development, elections and governance, youth development trends

Familiarity with government policy development processes across the continent

Strong research skills

Basic understanding of meaningful participation and engagements of adolescents

Desired Skills and attributes


Strong initiative-taking attitude – a self-starter

Ability to coordinate and think cross-culturally and work in a Pan African environment

Excellent organizational, networking and partnership building skills, tact and discretion, diplomacy

Ability to meet deadlines with minimal supervision and in a self – motivated manner

Eager to solve problems and be proactive.

  • Excellent communication skills in English and French (ability to speak Portuguese highly desirable).


Ability to work under tight deadlines with high quality output

Attentive to detail

Agility and strong affinity to technology is preferred


How to apply


The selected candidate should preferably be eligible to live and work in South Africa. Virtual staff arrangement, however, will be considered for the ideal candidate outside of South Africa.


Please submit a CV (maximum 3 pages) and cover letter, 2-page writing sample of original work, with 3 references by email with “**Pan** African Adolescent Girls Movement Coordinator” in the subject line.

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