Youth Employment Technical Lead, USAID Youth Connect Niger
IREX is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to building a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world by empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information. Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of over $90 million, offices in 20 countries, and a global staff of 400. We work in more than 100 countries worldwide.
Summary of Position
IREX seeks qualified Youth Employment Technical Lead candidates for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded program in Niger which will equip vulnerable young women and men in Niger with technical and life skills, networks, and capital for increased strategic economic opportunities. The Youth Employment Technical Lead will be based in Niamey and will lead all aspects of the program’s youth employment efforts.
Only citizens of Niger or third-country nationals living and authorized to work in Niger will be considered. This position is contingent on funding.
Summary of Responsibilities
- In conjunction with the Chief of Party and Deputy Chief of Party, determine priorities with regard to youth training and employment activities
- Develop work plans, lead implementation of these initiatives, and ensure the program responds to changing conditions and operating environments to meet the desired objectives
- Manage and supervise a team of support staff
- Facilitate inclusive processes and approaches, engaging local organizations, institutions, and youth, to design and implement effective community-level activities targeting youth
- Build effective working relationships with local stakeholders, including public and private sector entities, training institutions, local leaders, and young people
- Build relationships with employers, and work with them to design linkage programs for youth
- Ensure that training curricula and program activities are high quality, efficient, and customized to the needs and realities of young people and employers
- Oversee technical activities of local partner organizations, ensuring a focus on relevant activities and achieving outcomes
- Support delivery of technical assistance and coaching to program partners
- Contribute to monitoring, evaluation, and learning; project communications; and project reporting
- Other duties, as assigned
Skills and Qualifications
- Nigerien citizenship or residency with work authorization is required
- Master’s degree in a relevant field and minimum of five (5) years of experience in the youth employment field, or a bachelor’s degree with at least eight (8) years of relevant experience
- A deep understanding of the education, training, work, and employment/self-employment landscape in Niger, including local governments, employers, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) providing the youth employment services
- Demonstrated experience in managing youth employment or workforce development programs, with the ability to demonstrate outcomes, required
- Prior experience providing technical assistance and/or coaching to local organizations/institutions on youth employment issues
- Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills including conflict resolution abilities
- Ability to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders, including governments, private sector, higher educational institutions, schools, donors, etc.
- Strong representational and organizational skills
- Must be fluent French and Hausa or other local language, with working proficiency in English
- A commitment to, and vision for how youth employment outcomes can be improved
- Commitment to inclusive programming that encourages full participation of individual regardless of gender, disability status, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or other marginalized status
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