Cohesion Advisor at Save the Children

The role

While much of the world’s youth population has stopped expanding, evidence suggests that Africa’s youth will continue to expand, doubling in 2055. In the Sahel, almost half of the population is under 14 years old and two-thirds under the age of 24. At the same time the region is showing amongst the lowest development indicators in the world. This is a dangerous mix for states with persistent underdevelopment and incomplete peacebuilding and state-building in certain areas, such as the Sahel region. While violent extremist groups may logistically exploit relatively ‘ungoverned’ terrain in the Sahel, they have also developed compelling narratives that speak to the grievances of communities and youth living in neglected circumstances. However, with the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security (2015), there has been a normative shift in the way young people are recognized as key actors in the international peace and security agenda. Solutions identified by youths have a great potential to address the root causes of the conflict and promote Social Cohesion.

The Youth-led Social Cohesion Advisor is a key position to drive Save the Children vision to have a positive impact on the Sahel conflict by mobilizing and providing safe spaces for youths to identify and implement youth-led solutions.


Minimum of Master degree in Conflict prevention studies, law, human rights, political science, international development or related field.
A minimum of 5 years of working experience with social cohesion, conflict prevention, and/or Peacebuilding initiatives including designing of strategies and working with national and international counterparts.
A minimum of 5 years in working with and for youth networks
French and English language professional level command is mandatory for the role.
A minimum 2 years in using Fab Lab and Innovation Incubator methodologies or working with innovative youth-led programming
Track record in using Do Not Harm methodologies and Tools
Track record in developing social cohesion, conflict prevention, and Peacebuilding proposals
Have a positive attitude to work and be able to work under pressure in a multicultural environment.
In-depth knowledge and understanding of national and regional socio-political context.
Sound knowledge and exposure to a wide range of post-conflict, Conflict prevention, good governance, human rights and development-related issues.
Ability to lead strategic planning, programme design and development.
Ability to identify issues and to use sound judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of problems.
Willingness to travel regularly to provide direct support to country offices.
Contract length: 2 years extendable

Location: Any of the following Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger countries with preference for Mali.

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
Violence against children is no longer tolerated
We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Applicants are advised that Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process. Any request in this direction should be immediately reported as contrary to the values and practices of our organization.

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