USAID Technoserve Project Jobs – Skills Development Specialist

Organisation: TechnoServe
Project Name: USAID
Uganda Youth Leadership for Agriculture Program
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
About US:
TechnoServe works with
enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms,
businesses and industries. We are a nonprofit organization that develops
business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and
markets. Our work is rooted in the idea that given the opportunity, hardworking
men and women in even the poorest places can generate income, jobs and wealth
for their families and communities. With more than four decades of proven
results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.
About USAID Project:
USAID Uganda is funding a new
five-year Youth Leadership for Agriculture program to increase economic
opportunities for hundreds of thousands of Ugandan female and male youth aged
10 to 35, in agriculture- related fields, in order to increase their incomes
and build entrepreneurial, leadership, and workforce readiness skills. Pending confirmation
of funding, TechnoServe will lead this program in select districts in Uganda,
including Northern Uganda, through market systems and facilitative approaches.
This program will focus on achieving two specific objectives by partnering with
both public and private entities: (1) increased incomes of youth working in
agricultural value chains (specifically maize, beans and coffee); and (2)
improved skills development (entrepreneurship, employability, leadership, and
life skills) obtained through formal and non-formal education and training
Job Summary: The Skills
Development Specialist is responsible for technical leadership and oversight
for activities under “Objective Two” of the Program. Under this
objective s/he will lead pursuit of a scaled approach for significantly
increasing the opportunities for practical learning and applied soft skills
acquisition for youth (ages 10-25), with a focus on strengthening technical,
entrepreneurial and work force readiness skills, such that they are better
prepared for successful entry into agricultural careers. S/he will steer the
identification of models and approaches that enable youth to become more deeply
engaged in their communities and demonstrate leadership and social
entrepreneurship skills. S/he will also lead identification of innovative
opportunities to provide youth, especially young women, with essential life
skills (including family planning and reproductive health) in order to gain
skills required for health living and earning a sustainable income. S/he will
lead the development and standardization of a low-cost, effective package of
services and curriculum modules for local organizations or clubs that can be
rapidly expanded.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the USAID Project career placement should hold a
    Master’s degree in education, business, or other relevant field. A
    Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with 10 years of experience may be
    substituted for a Master’s degree
  • Six
    or more years’ experience in workforce development or youth activities.
  • Excellent
    track record of achieving results in similar types of skill development
  • Demonstrated
    high level technical, analytical, and interpersonal skills.
  • Prior
    experience working in emerging markets. Preference for work experience in
    Sub-Saharan Africa, especially East Africa and Uganda
  • Possess
    excellent management and communication skills; Strong focus on results.
  • Demonstrated
    understanding of and passion for youth economic empowerment and improvement
    of livelihoods. Deep appreciation for youth energy, leadership and
    entrepreneurial spirit
  • Demonstrated
    commitment to supporting young women
  • Ability
    to travel up to 50% of time.
  • Fluent
    in written and spoken English; fluency in one or more local languages is
    an added advantage.
  • Past
    experience working in Uganda is desired
  • Past
    exposure and experience working with USAID.
  • Prior
    experience applying market systems and facilitate approaches
How to Apply: 
All qualified and interested
applicants should send a single Word-formatted document consisting of cover
letter, resume and salary history to Please identify the position
for which you are applying in the subject line. Only applicants meeting minimum
qualifications will be considered or contacted.
Deadline: 4th February 2015.
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