Vacancy: Chief Operations Officer in Zimbabwe

About Young Africa
Founded in 1998, Young Africa is a confederation of independently and locally registered affiliate organisations in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, and Zambia. The Headquarters of Young Africa International are based in Zimbabwe, with a supporting team in The Netherlands.

Young Africa’s mission is to empower young people through skills training for employability and entrepreneurship. Employment and entrepreneurship impact on young people’s self-confidence and self-reliance, enabling them to live with dignity and purpose.

General Position Summary
The Chief Operations Officer to the Chief Executive Officer and is a strong, innovative leader responsible for resourcefully overseeing the implementation of the confederation’s principal programmes: Youth Empowerment, Community Outreach, and Global Citizenship. S/he is accountable for achieving operational synergy and meeting the objectives set out in the strategic plan.

Young Africa headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe

Essential Job Responsibilities
‒ Strengthen the organisation through promoting professionalism, e.g. develop and maintain uniform financial and HRM procedures and systems, develop and improve start-up protocols for affiliates, coach directors of Young Africa Affiliates, develop, improve , and maintain sound governance, risk management, and internal control framework across the confederation;
‒ Build up a sound financial base for the organisation’s continuity by further developing the business model of the organisation;
‒ Strengthen the organisation by developing performance management and evaluation methodologies and reports, e.g. develop and implement evaluation and measurement methods, develop and maintain a performance and evaluation database, develop and maintain performance management reporting tools;
‒ Review and implement fundraising strategy and activities, promote Young Africa brand visibility to enlarge the current donor base and develop and maintain a comprehensive donor management system;
‒ Improve functioning and management of Young Africa training centres, and streamline collaboration between Young Africa International and Young Africa Affiliates;
‒ Scale up Young Africa’s ways of working, i.e. its franchise method and integral approach to youth development;
‒ Achieve organisational synergy through relevant exchange of knowledge, expertise, and good practices and to ensure activities are carried out according to plan.

Qualifications and Experience
‒ Comprehensive executive level experience and knowledge of administrative functions in a large organisation;
‒ Expertise in strategic planning, policy development, governance, and financial planning and management;
‒ Demonstrated ability in creating and implementing change management strategies and plans related to new structures, processes, procedures, etc.;
‒ Demonstrated ability to make critical operational decisions and develop sound proposals, policies, and procedures;
‒ Creativity in developing new (commercial) income streams;
‒ Experience in managing and directing professional staff and project teams;
‒ Skilled communicator and able to maintain effective relationships with diverse stakeholder groups;
‒ A level of education that has instilled a high level of creative thinking and agile acting;
‒ Ability to inspire a shared vision with a wide range of individuals or groups and to foster collaboration by promoting cooperative goals and building trust.

Our Offer
Young Africa is committed to providing a fair pay and benefits package that is justifiable to our donors and similar to other growing NGOs. We offer an international working environment, dynamic and purpose-driven colleagues. This position is for 40 hours a week.

Further Information and Application Procedure
Please apply at the latest by 15 April 2019, by sending your motivation letter and curriculum vitae to Dorien Beurskens, CEO at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information about this position you can contact supervisory board member Kees Cluistra via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Contact us                                               

Young Africa International - The Netherlands
Deventerstraat 130m
7321 CD
The Netherlands
+316 822 40 226
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NL 03 ABNA 0466 782063
ANBI registration: 8068.23.598


Young Africa International - The HUB
14 Wiltshire Road
+263 242 492855
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