2018 Call for New Members from Benin

Please note that Beninese candidates that have already applied do not need to re-submit their application to be considered.

The Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR) is an international organization of young people (ages 18-29 years) committed to promoting adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health and rights at the national, regional, and international levels. We are students, researchers, lawyers, health care professionals, educators, development workers, and most importantly, we are all dedicated activists.

Together, we work to ensure that the sexual and reproductive rights of all young people are respected, guaranteed, and promoted, and strive to secure the meaningful participation of young people in decision-making that affects their lives. We do this through advocating, generating knowledge, sharing information, building partnerships, and training young activists.

We are looking for young people from Benin who are passionate about sexual and reproductive health and rights and are eager to further their experience through international and regional advocacy work.

The YCSRR relies on an active volunteer membership. Most of our work is done virtually and takes place via an interactive online platform called Podio, as well as through email and Skype. In order to be a member, you must be between the ages of 18 and 28 and support and promote our principles and values.

On the whole, the work that we do is focused on advocacy at the international level. Specifically, our members attend international conferences and meetings where they advocate for youth sexual and reproductive rights. However, we also develop advocacy strategies at a regional level, create publications and organize trainings on specific issues such as abortion rights and youth participation.

As our working language is English, members from Benin must possess sufficient listening, speaking, reading, and writing English language skills.

YC is a member-driven organization; time commitment and availability is key to YCSRR’s success. In addition to supporting our principles and values, we look for Beninese members who have enough time to meaningfully contribute to the work that we do (members are required to devote a minimum of 7 hours per week to YC activities, which includes responding to emails, contributing to online discussions and taking part in our planned activities) If interested, members from Benin can also support the implementation of the “Projet pour promouvoir la sante sexuelle et les droits des adolescents et jeunes au Benin.”

Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights recognizes the contributions and crucial perspectives that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our team. People including, but not limited to, those from the following groups are encouraged to apply: indigenous peoples; women; mothers; single parents; immigrants; protected persons/refugees; people of colour; lesbian, bisexual, gay, two spirit, transgender, gender non-conforming, gender fluid, non-binary, agender, gender queer, and questioning people; intersex people; people with disabilities; and those marginalized on the basis of class, caste and HIV and AIDS status.

Desirable skills and competencies include:

  • Demonstrated leadership experience;
  • Experience in fund development, including proposal writing and stakeholder engagement;
  • Experience in organizational management, strategic planning, budgeting, and human resource management, designing reports;
  • Facilitation and public speaking skills;
  • Experience in information and communications technologies, graphic design.
  • A human rights background (knowledge of gender justice, feminist, and anti-oppression issues preferred);
  • Experience in organizing advocacy campaigns;
  • Experience advocating for indigenous communities; and
  • Experience with local/regional/international volunteer and/or youth organizations/networks.

If you are interested in becoming a member of YCSRR, please follow these steps to apply:

  • Submit all documents to membershipcommittee@youthcoalition.org by 23:59 EST/NYT April 30, 2018. No late applications will be considered.
  • Once your application is submitted, the membership committee will review it. Applicants who move on to the next level will be invited to participate in a Skype interview. Please note that due to the high volume of applications only applicants invited to the next stage of the recruitment process will be notified. Thank you for your understanding.

Documents to be included:

  • A completed application form in English (Download the Membership Application Form)
  • Your resumé or curriculum vitae in English; and
  • One letter of reference from a teacher, colleague, friend, etc. (letter can be in English or French) describing your involvement in sexual and reproductive rights work, your work in youth advocacy, and your English proficiency (if applicable).

If you have any questions about YCSRR or the membership application process, feel free to contact us at membershipcommittee@youthcoalition.org.