The Zambia National Education Coalition (ZANEC) is a network of Civil Society Organizations registered by the Registrar of Societies Act No. 119 of the Laws of Zambia on 3rd July, 2002 under certificate number ORS/102/35/2581. The organization currently has seventy-five member organizations comprising of Community Based Organizations, Faith Based Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations and Teacher Trade Unions. The member organisations work in different parts of the country and in different sub-sectors of education. ZANEC’s mandate is to coordinate civil society advocacy for quality, equitable and inclusive education for all Zambians. 

ZANEC’s vision is to have ‘a sustainable and inclusive education system that responds to national aspirations and fosters an environment for self-fulfillment. The mission of the Coalition is to promote quality and inclusive education for all, through influencing of policy, building consensus, holding duty bearers accountable, and strengthening the capacities of stakeholders in the education sector.

ZANEC in collaboration with its Norwegian Partner, the Studentsand AcademicsInternational Assistance Fund (SAIH), are in the process of recruiting two new exchange participants through the Norwegian Exchange (Norec) Youth Program. Through this exchange program, successful students will have the opportunity to work as a volunteer at SAIH, as well as join various Norwegian activists fighting for human rights and academic freedom of students and academics. 


ZANEC is looking for two persons (one male, one female) between the ages of 20 – 25 with a background of student/youth organizing and/or leadership, and with keen interest in the field of higher education, students’ rights and academic freedoms. Through this youth exchange, you will have the role as a full-time volunteer. You will be based in Oslo (Norway) and working in the SAIH Office, while also collaborating closely with other organizations and activists in Norway. The exchange will start with 2 weeks of preparatory placement at ZANEC and a 2 week introductory course in August, before the placement in Norway starts. You will stay in Norway for 10 months, and return to Zambia at the end of July 2021. After your return you will be committed to spend 4 weeks (full time) carrying out follow-up work, with a focus on sharing the experiences and knowledge you will have gained with ZANEC and fellow Zambian activists and youths.  ZANEC has been implementing this programme for the last 2 years and therefore this call is for the third round of the project.

Selection Pool:

  • Freshly completed certified university or college graduate
  • Student Organisations, Student Unions or Student Parliaments.
  • Gender balance, male and female

Location:   Oslo (with follow-up activities in Lusaka)

Remuneration:  Pocket money, transport (return air ticket to Oslo and local transport while in Norway) and accommodation will be covered.

Contract Length:  Twelve (12) composed of 1 Month Preparatory work (composed of 2 weeks experience with ZANEC and 2 weeks preparatory course) + 10 months placement in Norway + 1 Month follow-up work.

Key working relationships: The volunteer will be working closely with the other NOREC participant travelling from ZANEC and ZANEC designated staff for both feedback and mentorship, with activists in SAIH and other Norwegian NGOs. The supervisor will be the Coordinator at SAIH.

Key Responsibilities

  • Hold   and attend workshops and presentations
  • Catalogue and organize cases of human rights violations against students.
  • Update social media content for SAIH’s blog and Facebook.
  • Organize and facilitate meetings
  • Contribute to the production of alerts, news articles and press releases about academic freedoms, human right violations against students and academics, and equitable higher education etc.
  • Work with other volunteer organizations in Norway connected to higher education 
  • Develop information material on Higher Education
  • Contribute to SAIH’s external and internal events and campaigns.

Person specification

Professional experience

  • Fresh university or college graduate
  • Experience from a student/youth organization or NGO
  • Experience with making presentations and workshops
  • Competency in Social Media, Facebook, Instagram, Blogging
  • Good writing and analytical skills.
  • Excellent communication skills (including in English).
  • Competent in Office
  • Must have a valid passport

Personal qualities

  • Proactive approach to work on tasks with minimal supervision  
  • Flexible and open to change 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to engage with people from different cultures and contexts.
  • Be able to take initiative and work independently. 
  • Ability to take on challenges and adjust to a new environment of working/living.
  • Positive, outgoing and social.

Send application with a motivation letter of not more than two pages (typed in font 12 Times Romans) on how the placement will help the applicant’s professional advancement and contribute to Zambian youth empowerment.

Applications must be addressed to:

The Executive Director,

Zambia National Education Coalition,

Baptist Fellowship Building,

Plot 3061/2 Corner Makishi Road and Great East Road,

P.O. Box 30774,



Application deadline:            Friday, 3rd April, 2020

Only shortlisted applicants will be called for interviews

we hope the CoronaVirus situation will have improved by August 2020, as this has a direct impact on the program according to the prevailing Corna Virus  situation in all the partner countries.

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