8 Youth Engagement Officer Career Jobs – Restless Development

Organisation: Restless Development
Project Name: MasterCard Foundation Driving Youth-led New
Agribusiness and Microenterprise (DYNAMIC) programme
Reports to: Programme Manager
Duty Station: Abim,  Agago, Gulu, Lira, Kaabong, Lamwo, Kitgum and Pader, Uganda
Salary: Annual Gross UGX 48,249,519 gross per annum
About US:
Development is an international non-profit organization which is embarking on
becoming the global banner carrier for youth-led development; demonstrating at
the grassroots and policy levels that young people can and must play a lead
role in development. Over the past five years, Restless Development has more
than tripled the size of its budgets and programmes, and has been repeatedly
cited as a model of best practice in youth-led development by the World Bank,
DFID, UNICEF and others.
About DYNAMIC Programme:
in consortia with GOAL, Mercy Corps, VSO, the MasterCard Foundation Driving
Youth-led New Agribusiness and Microenterprise (DYNAMIC) programme will
strengthen systems and facilitate the creation of sustainable economic
opportunities for disadvantaged Ugandan youth. DYNAMIC’s overall goal is to
increase the number of young people who are in secure employment or self
employment and to promote effective and efficient agricultural market systems
for youth. Through a market-driven and holistic approach, DYNAMIC will engage
an array of public and private sector actors to increase access to goods, services,
markets, information and productive and social assets to increase productivity
of Ugandan agribusinesses and non-farm enterprises. DYNAMIC will reach 125,000
out-of-school youth aged 15 – 24 living in peri-urban and rural areas within
eight districts of northern Uganda over five years. Through an innovative,
market facilitation approach, DYNAMIC will promote long-term efficiency in
existing agricultural systems. Youth already engaged in on-farm activities will
move from subsistence to more productive and profitable farming. DYNAMIC will
increase the employability of Ugandan youth by facilitating access to demand
driven technical skills, knowledge and market information that directly respond
to business opportunities in the agricultural sector. In parallel, DYNAMIC will
link agribusinesses and microenterprises to market opportunities and diverse
stakeholders, and ensure they can utilize appropriate (formal and informal)
financial services. DYNAMIC’s design recognizes that youth are a diverse age
group requiring tailored interventions to fit their stage in life and
transition into the workforce. In particular, DYNAMIC will ensure that
participating youth, particularly young women, are engaging in appropriate,
safe, and productive economic opportunities.
Job Summary: The Youth Engagement Officer will provide the
technical backstopping to the peer models. 
The incumbent will take full responsibility of capacity-building of
youth throughout the project by offering oversight to the delivery of the Peer
Educator model.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Programme
  • Oversee the recruitment and selection process
    for peer educators which will involves developing selection criteria and
    materials, advertising in the target communities and management of peer
    educator agreement of responsibilities through formal MOUs
  • Work closely with other Dynamic team members
    to organize foundation and topup trainings for peer educators
  • Manage peer educator outputs through monthly
    work plans, regular support, supervision and mentorship visits
  • Ensure linkage of Peer educators to the
    oriented private sector actors to identify and develop opportunities to
    engage youth effectively in their businesses.
  • The incumbent will render support in the
    development of programme progress reports
  • Work in liaison with peer educators to
    strengthen youth groups by supporting registrations, networking and
    resource mobilization
  • Organize peer educator debrief to ensure
    learning from each peer educator cohort is factored into the next
  • Support the youth-led market research to
    inform program design, implementation and advocacy
  • Support the DYNAMIC evaluation and learning
    component that will add to the body of knowledge on viable models to
    support access to secure employment and self-employment for youth in
  • Ensure achievements and best practices in the
    Peer Education model are documented and shared for programme learning and
2. Management of peer
educator welfare:
  • Provide discipline, care and guidance in an
    approachable, supportive and helpful way to all the peer educators
  • Ensure peer educators adhere to the provided
    policies and procedures governing the Dynamic Programme
  • The incumbent will mediate between the
    volunteers and communities, when and if communication or programme related
    problems occur
  • Ensure peer educators’ relevant activity
    funds are spent in accordance with donor and DYNAMIC guidelines
  • Ensure Programme Manager is aware of emerging
    issues related to the work of peer educators
3. Partnerships and
relationship building:
  • Build and maintain working relationships with
    District and sub-county government as necessary to support implementation
    of the DYNAMIC programme
  • Support the establishment and maintenance of
    relationships with target communities, and local government.
  • Ensure regular engagement of youth groups
    with youth structures including the Youth MPs and National Youth Council
  • Ensure information on government programs is
    shared with youth
  • Work closely with peer educators to ensure
    youth are linked and represented in relevant networks such as farmers’
    groups and business associations
  • Ensure opportunities are created for youth
    and policy-makers to dialogue and make joint decisions.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The Restless Development Youth Engagement
    Officers should hold Degrees in Development studies or other relevant
  • A minimum of three years’ experience
    designing and delivering youth engagement programmes
  • Past exposure and experience in Agribusiness
    and Microenterprise
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of
    contemporary development issues particularly those related to economic
    opportunities for youth
  • Ability to analyse problems and make sound
    operational decisions
  • Excellent organizational, written and verbal
    communication skills
  • Prior experience working in a consortia type
    of programmes
  • Prior experience in market development. 
  • Past exposure and experience with Monitoring
    and Evaluation systems and research, including  participatory research approaches
  • Strong computer literacy with full knowledge
    of office applications
  • Experience as a volunteer will be an added
  • Prior experience working in Northern and Karamoja regions
  • The applicant should possess a valid riding permit (Class A)
  • A certificate in defensive riding course will be an added advantage
How to Apply:
suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send a completed
application, form, download here and send it to: ugandajobs@restlessdevelopment.org, stating the
vacancy job title Uganda – Youth Engagement Officer.
Deadline: 15th November 2017 by Midnight 
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