Youth Training and Employment Specialist Zambia EMPOWER


POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
Youth Training and Employment Specialist, EMPOWER: Increasing Economic and Social Empowerment for Adolescent Girls and Vulnerable Women in Zambia
Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International is recruiting local Zambian applicants for the position of Youth Training & Employment Specialist for an anticipated US Department of Labor-funded child labor and girls’ and women’s empowerment project in Zambia. The project-level objective is to reduce child labor in targeted areas in Zambia. In support of achieving the objective, the project will focus on achieving four outcomes: increase girls’ access to acceptable work and quality training opportunities, increase livelihood opportunities for vulnerable women, raise public awareness on child labor and gender equality, and increase collaboration between the government and private sector on the promotion of acceptable work.
The responsibilities, duties, and qualifications are described in the attached position description. Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.
GENERAL:
Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.
SALARY:
The annual salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits.
APPLICATIONS:
Applicants should go to the ‘Jobs’ link at www.winrock.org and submit a current resume and cover letter referencing Zambia EMPOWER Youth Training & Employment Specialist by July 10, 2016. Qualified Zambian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.
Winrock would like to thank all applicants for their interest but only candidates who meet all requisite criteria and are short listed will be contacted.
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Position Description
POSITION TITLE: Youth Training and Employment Specialist, Zambia EMPOWER
LOCATION: Zambia
DEPARTMENT: Civil Society & Education
REPORTS TO: Project Director, Zambia EMPOWER
Position Summary:
The Youth Training and Employment Specialist will be responsible for overseeing the technical quality and delivery of our results-oriented program activities and providing leadership in developing, managing, and implementing the technical aspects of technical, vocational, or entrepreneurial training interventions with a specific focus on adolescent girls and vulnerable women. The position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Youth Training and Employment Specialist’s specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Provide strategic leadership of all programmatic activities concerned with training and employment opportunities, income generation programs/opportunities, youth entrepreneurships, life skills trainings, and internships.
  • Develop and oversee implementation of youth training and employment work plans/targets, curriculums, training materials, budgets, and reports.
  • Coordinate strategy and activities with any implementing partners, national and local government authorities involved in and responsible for education and economic development.
  • Manage and mentor staff in workforce and employment readiness, entrepreneurship trainings, and connecting adolescent girls and vulnerable women to market opportunities and networks.
  • Coordinate closely on data collection to measure impacts as well as track program graduates and employment opportunities.
QUALIFICATIONS AND BACKGROUND:
Education:
  • Bachelor’s degree required (master’s degree would be a distinct asset) in economics, education, gender in development, or related discipline.
  • Supplemental training in workforce and employment readiness, youth training, entrepreneurship training, monitoring and evaluation, gender analysis/mainstreaming strongly preferred.
Work Experience:
  • Minimum of five years of experience in a leadership position for developing, managing, and/or implementing technical, vocational, or entrepreneurial training interventions, preferably for youth.
  • Minimum of three years of experience working on the technical training strategies, including individualized training plans, skills assessments, life-skill, technical, and entrepreneurial materials/curriculum development, training management, and training monitoring and information systems.
  • Experience in performing training needs assessments, developing corresponding training programs, evaluating training, and evaluating the impact of training on skills acquisition and employability.
  • Understanding of exploitive labor issues, including child labor and the special education and training needs of children and youth removed from exploitive labor conditions.
  • Experience working successfully with government agencies, network of vocational training associations, employers’ organizations, and trade unions or comparable entities.
  • Experience developing mechanisms and tools to accurately determine market needs, and utilizing the results to contribute to the creation of market driven technical or employment training programs.
  • Experience working successfully with government agencies and employers to promote employment opportunities for youth, preferably in Zambia.
  • Experience working with employer’s organizations, trade unions or other civil society organizations on issues related to employment opportunities for at-risk youth.
  • Understanding of labor issues and local labor regulations, including those related to securing non-hazardous, non-exploitive employment opportunities for youth of legal working age.
  • Experience managing and monitoring integrated US Government programs and budgets strongly preferred.
Skills:
  • Strong skills in financial management, writing, monitoring and evaluation required.
  • Proficiency in one or more of Zambia’s major languages (Bemba, Kaonde, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Nyanja, Tonga) is required. English proficiency is recommended.

HOW TO APPLY:
Applicants should go to the ‘Jobs’ link at www.winrock.org and submit a current resume and cover letter referencing Zambia EMPOWER Youth Training & Employment Specialist by July 10, 2016. Qualified Zambian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.
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