Education Officer NGO Job Careers – AVSI Foundation

Job Title:       Education Officer
Organization: AVSI Foundation
Project Name: Skilling Youths for Employment in Agribusiness
(SKY) Project
Duty Station: Mbarara, Uganda
Reports to: Business Development Specialist (Team Leader)
About AVSI:
AVSI
Foundation is an international not-for-profit, non-governmental organization
(NGO) founded in Italy in 1972. Its mission is to promote the dignity of the
person through development cooperation activities, with special attention to
education, according to the social teaching of the Catholic Church. AVSI has
been present in Uganda since 1984, first supporting hospitals and agriculture
projects in Gulu and Kitgum districts, and later expanding around 1990 to
establish the present-day headquarters in Kampala, offices in Pader, Gulu and
Kitgum, and project activities in 12 other districts. AVSI staff has remained
through the long periods of instability in northern Uganda caused both by
anti-government rebellions led by Lord’s Resistance Army, and by conflict
across the northern border in Sudan, which caused displacement in both
countries.
About SKY Programme:
AVSI
is implementing a 5 year project titled “Skilling Youths for Employment in
Agribusiness (SKY)”. The goal of the intervention is to enhance sustainable
creation of employment of youths in the agribusiness sector. The programme will
achieve this through the following four main objectives:
  • Strengthening the capacities of the agri-skills
    providers in a sustainable way in order to provide marketable and
    employable skilling
  • Providing pre and post-employment support to
    the skilled youths
  • Creating strategic linkages of agribusiness
    for enhanced capacity building through skilling and brokerage
  • Facilitating Skilling Uganda Authority to be
    supportive to agri-skilling in the targeted areas.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • The Education Officer will work in liaison
    with the agro-institutions and learning firms to design and test work/entrepreneurship
    related activities and learning objectives that help young people to build
    their market relevant skills.
  • Oversee the design of guidelines and suggest work
    plans to support agro-institutions and learning firms in the
    implementation of activities that support youth work and entrepreneurship;
  • Work in close collaboration with the
    agro-institutions and agribusinesses to facilitate internships and
    practical training approaches to enhance youth work readiness and
    entrepreneurship skilling.
  • Provide support and build the capacity of
    agro-institutions and learning firms to implement the youth skilling
    activities both in relation to the learning component and, more
    specifically, in relation to the employment/ entrepreneurship component.
  • Provide ongoing technical assistance to the
    agro-institutions and learning firms and foster opportunities for actors
    to learn from each other.
  • Create and support opportunities for shared
    learning between agro-institutions and learning firms activities, outcomes
    and approaches for this age group
  • Assist in interim and final assessments of
    agro-institutions and learning firms approaches and other project evaluations
  • Develop frameworks and support agro-institutions
    and learning firms to document case studies and success stories related to
    youth skilling and employment
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant should preferably hold a University
    degree in Vocational Education, Agric-Education, Education Management,
    Agri-business related field and experience with working in an
    entrepreneurial environment or as owner/manager of a small business
  • A minimum of four years of professional
    experience in agribusiness, and/or value chain and market access related
    consultancy, and/or analysis/research of agribusiness and/or regional
    socio-economic development projects;
  • Previous exposure and experience in working
    with the public sector, private sector and donor organizations on
    institutional development or similar projects will be an asset;
  • Significant experience in training, teaching
    or mentoring role
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
    skills
How to Apply:  
All
suitably qualified candidates should send their application letters,
accompanied with updated Curriculum Vitae indicating three professional
referees and copies of relevant certificates via E-mail with the subject line
indicating ‘the position title’ addressed to:
The
Human Resource Manager,
AVSI
Foundation,
P.O.
Box 6785, Kampala, Uganda.
E-mail to: hr.kampala@avsi.org
Deadline: 11th March 2016 by 5.00 pm

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