Promotion of Youth Resilience and Youth Violence Prevention Advisor

Reports to: Programme Manager

Duration: Until – 30 June 2024

Programme Background

The Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention Programme (VCP III) is a joint South African-German technical cooperation project, with co-funding from the Canadian government, that seeks to contribute to the national development priority of creating a safer South Africa. It works to improve the framework conditions for the effective, aligned and evidence-based implementation of South Africa’s national policy framework on violence and crime prevention, the White Paper on Safety and Security (WPSS) as well as the National Strategic Plan on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (NSP GBVF).

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is responsible for the implementation of the German contribution to the programme on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as the commissioning party and Global Affairs Canada (GAC) as a co-financing party. The multi-partner VCP Steering Committee is co-chaired by the Department of Cooperative Governance (DCoG) and the Civilian Secretariat for Police Service (CSPS).

The programme supports multi-stakeholder-driven interventions towards addressing the root causes of violence and crime in South Africa through capacitating different sectors and levels of government for prevention work as well as activating and supporting different non-state societal resources and aligning their efforts. The programme recognises social and gender norms as key determinants of (gender-based) violence and crime, and accordingly applies an intersectional understanding of violence and prevention and strives to integrate gender-transformative approaches in its work.

The programme’s activities in its current, third commission (July 2019 – June 2024) are arranged in four areas of intervention:

  1. Supporting children and youth to grow up in a safe environment and become more resilient to violence and crime through in- and out-of-school peer-led interventions and the promotion of youth-focussed psycho-social wellbeing programmes.
  2. Localizing prevention through strengthening capacities of key state- and non-state actors, such as local government for community safety planning, municipal and local non-governmental organizations for area-based approaches to violence prevention as well as the faith-based sector for the prevention of gender-based violence in particular
  3. Supporting the implementation and funding strategies for the White Paper on Safety and Security, the National Strategic Plan on Gender Based Violence and Femicide as well as the Integrated Urban Development Framework.
  4. Generating and disseminating knowledge and evidence for effective violence prevention, emphasizing an evidence-informed and data-driven approach to violence prevention coordinated and supported through strong networks of practitioners for exchanging knowledge and experience.

The National Youth Resilience Initiative (NYRI) is one of the flagship support interventions of the VCP programme. The initiative is a multi-partner collaboration to focus attention on the psycho-social well-being and resilience of youth, as core protective factors against violence, and to promote the provision of resilience-building programmes and services, including through youth themselves.

The VCP III Programme seeks to appoint an Advisor whose primary responsibility will be to steer and coordinate the programme’s work in the field of promoting youth resilience in the context of the multiple pressures and vulnerabilities facing young people in South Africa that put them at risk of exposure to violence and crime.


Provide technical support to the VCP programme’s government and non-governmental partners with regards to the strengthening of youth resilience within the broader context of youth violence prevention.


Suitable candidates should apply for this position apply by submitting motivation letter (max. 1 page) detailing why they should be the preferred candidate This should be accompanied by a detailed CV indicating their nationality to:  for the attention of Head of HR with the Subject Line: “Application for VCP Advisor Position”.

Closing date for applications: 03 June 2022.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Applications without a motivation letter will not be considered!

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