Youth Training and Employment Specialist, EMPOWER, Zambia

Save the Children is currently recruiting a Youth Training and Employment Specialist for the Increasing Economic and Social Empowerment for Adolescent Girls and Vulnerable Women (EMPOWER) program that will reduce child labor in targeted rural areas in Zambia. The Youth Training and Employment Specialist will support the Project Director in achieving the program’s objectives, with particular focus on ensuring high-quality delivery of training in life skills, vocational skills, and entrepreneurship skills. She/he will develop pathways to safe and dignified opportunities in entrepreneurship or employment, for vulnerable girls aged 15-17 and women in households with children in or at risk of child labor. The Youth Training and Employment Specialist will also contribute to the efforts of increase public awareness on child labor and gender equality and will collaborate with the local government and the private sector to promote acceptable work for adolescent girls and vulnerable women.
Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Impact
The Youth Training and Employment Specialist will have primary responsibility for ensuring the quality and effectiveness of self/employment-oriented classroom and practical training opportunities for vulnerable adolescent girls and women from households in or at risk of child labor. Specific duties include but are not limited to:
  • Providing strategic leadership for programmatic components designed to enable target beneficiaries to access safe and dignified work, guiding the planning, implementation, and monitoring of programmatic activities and spending.
  • Ensuring timely, accurate, and meaningful reporting on project activities that allows staff to learn from results and use them to improve operations.
  • Managing, mentoring, and providing technical assistance to project staff, assessing strengths and weaknesses in implementation and facilitating teams to act on these assessments.
  • Supporting the development and/or adaptation of training materials in conjunction with project staff and relevant authorities, and designing/facilitating ToTs for Save the Children and partner staff.
  • Representing the project to, and ensuring close coordination with, relevant local government authorities, implementing partners, the private sector and civil society organizations.
  • Coordinating closely with project M&E staff and potentially external researchers on data collection to measure impacts as well as track program graduates and employment opportunities.
Required Background and Experience, Skills and Behaviors
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, social sciences, or a similar field is required, Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Must have a minimum of five years leading non-formal trainings, vocational trainings, and entrepreneurship trainings, preferably in Zambia.
  • Must have proven experience in performing training needs assessments, curriculum development, training design, facilitation of trainings, and evaluation of trainings.
  • Must have experience developing individualized training plans, and managing beneficiary-level tracking systems.
  • Experience building the livelihoods capacities of vulnerable women/girls.
  • Knowledge of the drivers of, risks associated with, legal frameworks related to, and remediation strategies for child labor in Zambia.
  • Must be focus on results and ability to inspire others to high-quality execution even under conditions of uncertainty, including by building strong and diverse institutional partnerships
  • Must be proficient in Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • Child-sensitive and committed to respecting and promoting Save the Children’s child safeguarding policy.
  • Flexible to work in rural environments under sometimes difficult conditions. Out-of-station travel expected ~50%.
  • Fluency in English (required). Knowledge in one or more of Zambia’s major languages (Bemba, Kaonde, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Nyanja, Tonga) recommended
Employee Type
Full-Time Regular
Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Each year, we and our partners reach millions of children in communities around the world. Join our dedicated and diverse staff in their work to improve the well-being of children everywhere.
Save the Children provides an attractive benefits package including competitive salaries, a matching retirement plan, health and welfare benefits, life insurance, an employee assistance program, generous time off and much more. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

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