Economic Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Advisor

Recruiting AA office: AADK – YOA team

Job title: Global advisor on Economic Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship

Advisor operating level: Global Level Advisor

Location of placement: Zambia, at the Global Platform

Strategic connection to AA projects and priorities : AADK Innovation Project & AADK Global Platforms Project

Duration of contract : 2 years  - with possibility of extension.

Do you want to support bold and youth-led innovation within social entrepreneurship around the world, and help ensure the sustainability of our global social change and organizing work?

As an advisor you will be key in exploring how our Global Platforms and youth hubs for activism and organizing become economically sustainable and can operate more independently to ensure thriving youth-owened spaces for political training and other activities in a number of countries in Southern and Eastern Africa.

You will also play a central role in identifying, testing and learning from alternative economic sustainable approaches to youth organizing. The aim is to redefine our ways of supporting formal and informal youth-led organizations, networks and movements in a more agile and cost-effective manner.

As the Economic Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Advisor you will: 

  • Explore, develop and test alternative models and approaches to economic sustainability for political youth hubs in Zambia and abroad working with progressively-minded organisations and local community groups.
  • Advise, mentor and support concrete innovation projects on economic sustainability, business planning, marketing initiatives including documentation of outcomes and key lessons learned from innovation projects in relation to economic sustainability.
  • Connect and network with organisations, institutions and initiatives to facilitate and explore external perspectives on and experiences with alternative approaches to economic sustainability and social economy models.
  • Support organisational learning and develop new knowledge products, approaches and tools beyond traditional funding models which can inspire and be used to find alternative economic solutions to local challenges.
  • Support ActionAid’s ability to work strategically to enhance the economic sustainability of youth-led political initiatives.

We are an ambitious organization and you will become part of an international team of dedicated professionals working with youth, organizing and activism, as well as be part of ActionAid Zambia’s work on innovation and social change.

The job requires that you have: 

  • Relevant master degree in business management, business innovation and start-up, applied social entrepreneurship or documented experience within the field
  • Minimum 5 years of post-graduate work experience and a track-record illustrating the entrepreneurial ability to create long lasting, high impact and scalable results through starting, managing and growing social enterprises and social entrepreneurship, both successfully and unsuccessfully.
  • Professional expertise and critical reflections within the area of economic sustainability and social entrepreneurship, including exploration and research on economic sustainable models, methods and approaches to inspire and add value to the innovation projects.
  • Expertise in designing, implementing and managing business models in Low-Income, Middle-Income and High-Income countries.
  • Experience in using the Social Innovation Spiral, Social Business Model Canvas or similar tools to scale and pilot social enterprises is an advantage.
  • Specific skills in lean business management; marketing, sales and strategy; and start-up and innovation.
  • Full working knowledge of English.

And it is great if you have: 

  • Experience with global activism, social work or civil society or youth-led organizing.
  • Experience from working in developing countries and/or in a global/intercultural work environment.
  • Experience from working with capacity development and coaching.
  • Experience from working within a civil society organization, social movement and/or the international development sector.
  • Personal qualifications such as being:
    • Strong at networking with partners, volunteers, participants and other stakeholders; 
    • Organized and structured, keeping the general overview and plan resources and timelines accordingly;
    • Able to pass on knowledge, inspire and give constructive feedback to empower others. 
    • Able to work in a diverse environment with people from many cultures and backgrounds

It is a prerequisite that you understand the role as an advisor to support and build the capacity of others through coaching, mentoring and bringing the area forward through developing and introducing good practices. In addition, you are respecting and genuinely valuing others – also if they have a different background or approach than you. You dare exploring untraditional approaches and thinking, and hold a strategic and innovative mindset to your projects.  

We offer you 

  • A 2-year contract with possibility of extension under the People4Change programme funded by Danida through ActionAid Denmark.
  • A base in Lusaka with ActionAid Zambia, with regular travels to Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda and other countries in the ActionAid Federation.
  • An opportunity to help develop and shape an area in great growth and attention in ActionAid.
  • A comprehensive allowance package including relocation, housing and education allowance for kids. The salary is app. 2,800 Euros monthly, and an obligatory pension scheme with 10% employer contribution is part of the package.
  • A broad, professional network of passionate, international colleagues. 


If you have specific questions about the position please contact Anne Louise Carstens, Head of Youth, Organising and Activism at ActionAid Denmark, at

Application deadline: 31 July 2018 at midnight Danish time (CEST)

Interviews will be held on 13 August (first round) and 20 August (second round) 2018.

Start date: 1 October 2018, preferably soonest possible before said date. 

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