Restless Development is hiring a Youth Power Communications Coordinator: Apply!!

Apply by the end of 14th July 2024

About Restless Development

Restless Development is a global non profit agency. We support the collective power of young leaders to create a better world. We are independently registered and governed in nine countries (India, Nepal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, UK, USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe) bound together by our vision for youth power. 

We run youth-led programmes to tackle the issues that young people care about the most. We also run the Youth Collective – a growing network of over 5,000 local youth-led organisations in 185 countries. We are committed to creating an agency that walks the talk on power shifting, using the power shifting checklist, both internally and externally.

More information about Restless Development:

Our Approach to Safeguarding

Restless Development considers the welfare and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults to be an organisational imperative with primacy over the success of programmes or strategic objectives. We recognise that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and we expect all of our staff, volunteers and partners to ensure we protect the communities in which we operate from harm and abide by our Safeguarding Policy.


Youth Power is the heart of Restless Development.  It is the collective force of young leaders to create a better world.   Is the vital glue which binds communities and drives positive social change. 

Every year Restless Development supports over a quarter of a million young leaders.  Providing new opportunities, mentoring and resources to make lasting change in their communities and beyond. And in doing so we multiply young leaders. But we aim to have a much bigger impact than the reach of our programmes – creating a world where Youth Power thrives.  The use of our communications is imperative to championing, celebrating and connecting young leaders, and creating a world where Youth Power can thrive.  

Our Communications is key to strengthening youth power, engagement of young leaders everywhere, especially in the majority world, as well as strengthening the visibility and profile awareness of Restless Development with partners and funders.  

This NEW ROLE has been created to set up and engage a global community of youth power champions to create communications content for and by young leaders.  

About the Role

We know that young people are capable of changing the world – we see it every day! However, we need to convince the rest of the world, and that’s where you come in.

We are looking for an excellent communicator, who can help us celebrate the role that young people play in the world, in order to inspire other young people and decision makers to take action.  

This new role will be pivotal in establishing and growing a community of young content creators (Youth Power champions).  Working in a global communications team of 4 and managing a team of 5 youth power champions across the majority worl

Job Title : Youth Power Communications Coordinator 

Location : In the global south with a preference for Nairobi, Lagos or Johannesburg, or in a Restless Development Hub in India, Nepal, Tanzania, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Salary : Kenya: KES 3,255,289 pa, plus 6% housing allowance,  or National equivalent as per our Global Salary Scale

Length of Contract : 1 year fixed term with possibility of extension

Visa Requirements : Must have the right to work in their country of residence 

Reports To :Head of Communications (with a dotted line to the Co-CEO)

Direct Reports : Youth Power Champions (to be recruited) 

This is a new role which will supercharge our communications output – taking our youth-led communications to the next level.  You will work with young leaders to increase the amount, quality and cut-through of youth powered comms, with a focus on celebrating and enabling youth power.

This role will be responsible for the Youth Power Champions – which will bring together the Content Creators and previous Youth Power Panel approaches – selecting a small group of young leaders who will be supported and receive a stipend to be part of the communications work for 1-2 years.  These creative excellent communicators will be globally distributed and passionate about a variety of topics.  Your role will be to support them to share skills, learning and maximise cut-through on digital, social and traditional media platforms. 

Key Priority Areas 

1)Youth Powered Communications: Leading the Youth Power Champions

  • Coordinate a growing team of young leaders to have voice and cut-through on the issues they care about.
  • Recruit, on-board and support new Youth Power Champions – engaging them to creative content on youth-led change, use and test new challenges.  Ensure the champions are supported, gain new skills and the power of collective comms and storytelling.  
  • Build relationships with key Youth Collective members, and create processes for content sharing.
  • Develop and deliver training workshops or resources to equip young people with communication skills and digital literacy.

2)Youth Powered Communications: Collaborating across Restless Development 

  • Collaborate with and support Hub communications officers to establish a streamlined process for gathering youth-led stories from the field.
  • Develop and implement strategies to integrate content contributions from Youth Collective members, ensuring their voices are amplified.
  • Support internal stakeholders in understanding how to communicate more effectively with young audiences.

3) Creating inspiring and engaging content that gets noticed

  • Lead the development of compelling, youth-led communication content across various channels.
  • Create high-quality, engaging content (written, visual, and audio) that resonates with young people and aligns with organisation’s goals.  Support and inspire others to do the same!
  • Use and test new platforms, ideas and content. 
  • Identify and promote youth-led communication initiatives and success stories.
  • Innovate, learn from others and facilitate a communications culture that works best for young leaders that are changing the world (and not bound by the ‘international development’ or INGO sector). 
  • Identify strategic engagement opportunities to amplify youth voices and create impactful campaigns.
  • Stay updated on the latest tools and technologies for youth engagement to ensure content stays relevant and engaging.

4)Coordination and Organisation:

  • Develop and deliver against a comprehensive communications plan that enables us to test and deliver engaging comms to young leaders. 
  • Conduct research and analysis to understand the needs, interests, and preferred communication platforms of your target youth audience.
  • Optimising Content Strategy & Platform Growth
  • Analyse audience data and emerging trends to identify the most effective channels for reaching target demographics.
  • Evaluate existing communication channels and recommend new platforms or discontinue underperforming ones to maximise reach and impact

About you

We are looking for people with the right competencies and skills for the role, and who demonstrate the personal qualities consistent with our Values and behaviours.

Our value: HEART – We are who we serve. We are brave.

  • Values led: Supports managers to embed a values led culture within their team. Uses values to guide decision making and group actions.
  • Innovation: Is driven to generate ideas which continually improve ways of working, involving others in problem solving. Adapts style to cope with and support others through change.

Our value: HEAD – Delivers Quality. We are 100% professional.

  • Delivers Quality: Strives for continual improvement against individual goals, seeking opportunities to maximise their contribution to team priorities. Supports others to deliver quality and improve their work. Takes ownership for ensuring value-for-money in the areas for which they take partial ownership.
  • Decision making: With guidance, takes ownership for programme elements and/or internal processes. Considers underlying issues and Restless Values when making operational decisions.

Our value: VOICE – We generate leaders. We are proud to carry the banner for youth-led development.

  • Leadership: Confidently leads programme elements and/or internal processes. Will typically manage one or more junior staff members and is seen as a leader amongst their peers.
  • People Development: Regularly seeks feedback and evaluates own performance, creating opportunities for personal development. Develops others through proactive sharing of knowledge, skills and opportunities.

Our value: HANDS – We are in it together. We listen and learn.

  • Effective communication: Confidently adapts their communication style to suit their audience. Is able to influence others to build shared understanding.
  • Collaboration: Seeks opportunities to collaboratively deliver quality against team goals by building strong relationships with colleagues from across the organisation. Works with external partners to maximise mutual benefits.

Skills and experience


  • Proven experience in managing diverse and dispersed teams
  • Youth engagement expertise, including proven track record in running successful youth oriented campaigns
  • A strong understanding of how to develop and implement communication strategies that resonate with young audiences.
  • Exceptional verbal and nonverbal communication skills. This includes writing and editing.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and stay organised.
  • Sound safeguarding knowledge


  • Experience with digital marketing strategies targeting youthful audiences.
  • Multicultural Fluency: Demonstrate the ability to understand and appreciate diverse cultures and perspectives
  • Appreciation of Power Shifting in relation to communications
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyse data to track the success of communication campaigns and make data-driven decisions

Restless Development is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community. Restless Development will ensure that no applicant or staff member receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, social status, caste, race, ethnic origin, religious belief, age, HIV status, disability, or any other factor that cannot be shown to be relevant to performance.

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What we do for you


We are proud to commit to a transparent global salary scale, ensuring a fair and comparable system of pay across all global locations.

Values and Culture

At Restless Development, we’re proud that the strength and integrity of our Values has been recognised by staff, young leaders, donors and others who we work with.  Beyond this, we have a culture of recognising and celebrating both our Values and our global achievements with monthly Values Champions and an annual Values Day.

Work-life Balance

It goes without saying that we work hard at Restless Development.  We also recognise the importance of helping staff to maintain a positive work-life balance by offering:

  • 24 days annual leave (in addition to public holidays and with an extra day of annual leave given for each full year of service, up to a maximum of 28 days).
  • Birthday Leave
  • Access to flexible working.
  • Generous study leave, maternity, paternity or adoption leave, and other leave allowances.

Professional Development

Restless Development is proud to be an employer who recognises potential and invests in the development of its staff.  We are committed to the professional development of our staff through:

  • Empowering opportunities to work on significant projects which stretch and inspire staff – allowing them to develop on-the-job. 
  • Regular performance management.
  • Training and development opportunities, including supporting our staff to identify mentors both within and outside of the agency.
  • Quarterly Staff Workshops for all staff to give and receive agency updates, receive training, and socialise.

Travel and Medical Insurance

When travelling abroad with work, all staff will be covered by Restless Development’s travel insurance.

Key Dates

  • Please submit your CV and covering letter by the end of 14th July.  
  • Please keep your covering letter to no more than one page, and include at least one example of a recent global communications champion, moment or product that you have led.


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