USAID TechnoServe Project Vacancies – Positive Youth Development Specialist

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 Youth
Development Specialist is responsible for supporting implementation and best
practices in capacity building in the areas of youth development and gender. The
incumbent will lead identification of models and approaches that enable
positive youth development and gender equity principles to be integrated
throughout the Program. S/he will also advise, create and, if need be,
facilitate training programs and tools to enhance knowledge performance for
internal staff and partners to enable them to achieve impact with youth, especially
young women. Ideally, this person should have served in the capacity of a youth
development advisor for other youth development programs and has extensive
experience providing direct services to young people.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate should
    hold a Bachelor’s degree required in relevant field. An advanced degree
  • A minimum of ten years’ experience
    in advisory, capacity building roles, including international development,
    ideally in education and youth development programs.
  • Eight or more years’ experience in
    strategic planning, capacity building
  • Past exposure and experience
    with direct service provision to youth.
  • Prior experience designing
    and implementing programming focused towards young women.
  • Possess excellent interpersonal
    and analytical skills.       
  • Strong focus on results
  • Excellent written and oral
    communication skills.
  • Strong team player, with
    demonstrated ability to positively motivate team members to success.
  • Prior experience working in
  • Demonstrated understanding
    of and passion for youth economic empowerment and improvement of
    livelihoods. Deep appreciation for youth energy, leadership and
    entrepreneurial spirit
  • Ability to travel up to 50%
    of time.
  • Fluent in written and
    spoken English;
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: 13th February 2015.
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