NGO Social Work Jobs – Early Childhood Development and Youth Specialist at ACODEV

Organization: Action for
Community Development (ACODEV)
Funding Source: U.S. Agency
for International Development (USAID)
Project Name: Sustainable
Outcomes for Children and Youth in Central and Western Uganda
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Regional
Coordinator
About US:
Action for Community Development (ACODEV) is a Non-Governmental
Organization that serves and empowers individuals, families and communities in
East and Southern African region through promotion of innovative solutions in
the areas of Human Rights, Health Promotions and Institutional Capacity
Strengthening.
About Project:
ACODEV will be implementing Sustainable Outcomes for Children and Youth
in Central and Western Uganda over the next five years. The Project will
improve the health, nutrition, education and psychosocial wellbeing of
vulnerable populations, as well as reduce abuse, exploitation and neglect to a
minimum of 625,000 children and 101,500 households in 17 districts in central
and western Uganda.  The Project is being
implemented by a consortium of partner consisting of CRS being the lead,
Futures Group, ANPPCAN and TPO.
Job Summary: The Early
Childhood Development and Youth Specialist will technically support the
referral network between public, private and faith based health facilities and
socio-economic services for OVC households; with a specific focus on increasing
the capacity of service providers to make referrals and offer child friendly
services for very young children (ECD) as well as age-appropriate services to
very young adolescents. The incumbent will work in liaison with the Household
Economic Strengthening Specialist, the Early Childhood Development and Youth
Specialist will also ensure that youth are participating in savings programs,
income generating livelihood activities and life skills education in their
region.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
  • Provide strategic leadership of
    programmatic activities concerned with training and youth empowerment and
    development.
  • Provide creative vision, technical design,
    and implementation oversight to the training and development component of
    the youth development program.
  • Manage and contribute technical input on
    youth development training and develop the creation of appropriate
    training curriculum for youth and youth-serving professional
  • Technically support the formation of and
    activities for youth- serving organizations and networks.
  • Ensure that activities and milestones are
    implemented on track and that deliverables are of high quality.
  • Work in liaison with other partners and
    program staff to ensure project targets are achieved and exceeded.
    Maintain and strengthen effective working relationships with local
    partners and stakeholders, including government
  • Work closely with the team, contribute to
    the development and manage the implementation of annual technical work
    plans/targets, budgets, and reports.
  • Actively coordinate strategy and
    activities with any implementing partners, national and local government
    authorities involved in and responsible for economic development.
  • Coordinate closely with other team members
    and stakeholders on data collection to measure impacts, incomes, household
    and business investments, and savings.
  • The incumbent will serve as the technical
    lead and supervise staff and/ or consultants in the following areas:
    public-private partnerships, enterprise development, child labor
    prevention; workforce development for legally aged working children;
    occupational safety and health (OSH)/decent work, vocational education/
    training, microfinance/micro insurance access,
  • Youth and women’s empowerment or youth
    civic engagement
  • Producing timely, informative project
    reports, capturing project highlights and challenges.
  • Ensure that the program is implemented
    according to design, quality standards and schedule.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The applicant should preferably hold a
    Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, Development Studies or a closely
    related field is required.
  • At least three years’ experience working
    in projects promoting livelihoods, training, and development interventions
    in areas including skills training, youth employment, income generation,
    entrepreneurship, youth civic engagement and leadership development, and
    social services for donor-funded development programs required.
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in
    public-private partnerships, enterprise development, vocational education
    /training, microfinance/micro insurance access, youth and women’s
    empowerment, and child labor prevention.
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of
    youth empowerment and development issues and experience in projects
    promoting leadership development.
  • Demonstrable training skills, development
    of training materials and capacity building of community based
    organizations.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written
    communication and negotiation skills. Fluent written and spoken English.
  • Supportive attitude towards processes of
    strengthening staff capacity;
  • Leadership qualities, personnel and team
    management including mediation and conflict resolution;
  • Demonstrated skills in critical thinking,
    assessment and analysis; strong competency in conceptualizing and
    designing strategic frameworks;
  • Excellent communication, team building and
    training skills with the ability to establish and maintain effective
    working relations in and outside the organization;
  • Skills in report writing and presentation
    to ACODEV Management and other stakeholders.
  • Extremely flexible, and have the ability
    to cope with stressful situations.
  • Possess the ability to maintain
    performance expectations and strong working relationships in diverse
    cultural contexts, psychologically & physically stressful environments
  • Past experience with and enthusiasm for on
    the job training.
  • Computer literacy i.e. knowledge of
    Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet) required.
  • Desire to work effectively in a team
    oriented environment.
  • Ability to travel within rural Uganda.
ACODEV’s recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to
protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation. It is
ACODEV’s policy not to solicit money for the entire recruitment process.
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send a cover
letter, updated CV and three work references (names and contact information
only) to: Plot 98/99 Masoli Road 600M off Gayaza Road. Kampala. Uganda.
Deadline: Wednesday, 6th
May 2015
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