Call for Applications: CIVICUS Youth Co-Design Team (Paid)

CIVICUS Youth Co-Design Team

In the spirit of supporting and continuing to strengthen smaller and more spontaneous formations of civil society, CIVICUS is calling for a collective five (5) to nine (9) regionally balanced, diverse, creative and dedicated activists aged between 18 and 35 years old to co-design a new programme with CIVICUS that will better resource young changemakers from the Global South. This group will work in a multicultural, international and multi-sectoral team of young activists to co-design a new programme for a period of eight months starting in August 2019.

What does it mean to be a youth co-design team working with CIVICUS alliance?

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.

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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.

What are the roles and responsibilities of the co-design team?

  • 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.
  • Design an orientation week agenda.


The co-design process will run from the beginning of August 2019 to the end of March 2020. Co-design team members will be contracted to work for 30 days during this period.


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.

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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.

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How to Apply

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 . The deadline to apply is 15 July 2019. 

All applications must be submitted through our online application form. The form can be accessed here. Please submit only one application per group.

For your reference, we have provided an application template. This document can be found here.

The deadline to submit this application is 15th July 2019 at 12:00 PM SAST.


The co-design process will run from the beginning of August 2019 to the end of March 2020. Co-design team members will be contracted to work for 30 days during this period.

Applications 4 – 15 July 2019
Longlist 16 July 2019
Shortlist 17 – 19 July 2019
Interviews 22 – 25 July 2019
Announcement of Selection 26 July 2019
Team Work-Planning 15 August 2019

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we will not be able to respond to everyone. If you have not received a response in two weeks, please assume your application has been unsuccessful. Assistance can be provided throughout the selection process, as long as candidates make their needs known in advance. Should you have any questions, please contact us at .

Please send any further queries to

PLEASE NOTE: This call was previously open to individuals, but it has now been modified to reflect that only collective applications will be considered. Apologies for the inconvenience.

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