Program Associate, Take Action Lab

The Program Associate will be joining our team in Cape Town to help bring to life Global Citizen Year’s new program, Take Action Lab. Working closely with the team, they will play a key role in creating a positive student experience by facilitating curricular and extracurricular activities, leading administrative tasks for student onboarding, and building rapport with program participants. A mostly student-facing position, the Program Associate will play a central role in creating a unique, life-changing experience for our students.  

We are looking for an enthusiastic facilitator who is energized in youth leadership spaces, has a knack for system building, and can navigate dynamic, new environments.

This role reports to the Experiential Learning Manager and works closely with another Program Associate on the Take Action Lab team.



Dream up the Take Action Lab experience: Design a unique immersion experience anchored in our principles of experiential learning

  • Support the design of transformative experiential learning activities in line with TAL’s theme and curriculum goals
  • Guide and facilitate group learning activities around the Cape Town area 
  • Prepare and execute an orientation and re-entry program for participants
  • Prepare and maintain orientation and onboarding materials
  • Facilitate program closing events with students, staff, and local partners


Meet and work with inspiring young leaders: Work directly with the students to guide and facilitate their immersion learning experience in Cape Town

  • Foster a safe and productive learning environment, guide the cohort bonding experience and respond to behavioral incidents
  • Act as a mentor and cultural broker for the students during the pre-departure and immersion experience
  • Support the team managing health and safety incidents
  • Monitor student engagement and surface issues for problem-solving.


Build local relationships: Develop good working relationships with program partners. 

  • Liaise with local partners to ensure logistics run smoothly
  • Support the delivery of partner training, monitoring and evaluation
  • Celebrate and acknowledge partner contributions to the program and the students’ experience
  • Support the development and maintenance of systems for organizing local activities and students’ information 
  • Analyze data to track depth of student engagement, pattern spot and surface learnings. 
  • Support student and family communications strategy throughout the program, including but not limited to responding to inquiries, drafting and editing resources, managing the student Hub and family Hub.


Keep the team organized: Lead administrative tasks for student onboarding and offboarding and regular reporting

  • Serve as the first “customer service” point of contact for students seeking support. 
  • Participate in building TAL’s training modules & ensure students’ adoption.
  • Support community engagement strategy and activities during the virtual and in-person segments of the program.



We are looking for more than just hard skills; we want teammates who will add value to our organizational culture by bringing these mindsets to their work:

  • Connected to our mission: Something in your own life experience drives your passion for Global Citizen Year’s mission and vision.
  • Information seeker: You investigate thoroughly to get relevant information.
  • Detail oriented: You show rigorous and meticulous attention to detail.
  • Empathetic: You identify with the feelings, ideas and attitudes of others.
  • Personable: You have a friendly, approachable and outgoing style.
  • Adaptable: You adjust easily to new or changing circumstances.
  • Team Player: You work well within diverse groups to achieve common goals.  
  • Student-Oriented: You are attentive and responsive to student needs.
  • Initiative: You act proactively to achieve results.
  • Resourceful: You find alternative solutions to overcome problems or limitations.


The following skills are required:

  • Experience facilitating and/or designing learning experiences for youth (aged 17-21)
  • Experience working or living with people from different cultural backgrounds
  • Familiar with Cape Town’s social impact sector
  • Legally able to live and work in South Africa full time
  • Comfortable using and learning new technology; Enjoys finding new ways to use technology for greater impact
  • Effective communicator: written, verbal and Google slide presentations
  • All routine immunizations and vaccinations, including COVID-19, must be complete and up to date according to WHO guidelines.


Bonus points if you have/are:

  • Basic First Aid Training
  • Proficiency with Airtable, Salesforce, MS Office, Google Suite
  • Bilingual or multilingual familiarity with Afrikaans and Xhosa
  • A US Visa (for occasional travel to the USA) (See FAQs on the document linked below for more details on US travel)



Help us launch and execute a one-of-a-kind hybrid immersion program for the first time in Cape Town. Welcome a global cohort of curious and inspired students to a life-changing learning experience.



Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Start date: The priority deadline for this application is 07 November, 2022; ideal start date is January 3, 2023.

Compensation: The salary range for this role is  182,000- 272,000 ZAR. We are proud to provide a total compensation package that puts the person first, and can discuss in more detail once a candidate has applied. You can find some more details on the document linked below.

Application process: Submit a written application using the link below. After submitting an application, if you are moved forward, our process includes the following potential next steps: a screening interview, a candidate exercise, a hiring manager interview, and a final interview with a member of our leadership team.

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Your stakeholders

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Jennifer Lofing Boyle

VP, Programs

David Arenas

Senior Program Manager

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