Technical Lead-Livelihoods and Youth

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About VSO

VSO is the world’s leading development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. We are unique in the way we bring people together to share their skills and experience, generate insights and ideas and, most of all, take action against poverty and exclusion. It’s a highly effective approach that works, helping millions of people in some of the world’s poorest communities lift themselves out of poverty. Our programmes focus on the areas of health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We believe progress is only possible when we work together and that strong partnerships are crucial to delivering positive change. Join us and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty.

Role overview

Lead on Program Development and Business Pursuit of the Livelihoods and Youth Programing in VSO Ethiopia country office

Skills, qualifications and experience required

  • Post Graduate Degree in Social Science or relevant field with strong experience around youth program design and engagement
  • Minimum of 8 years’ work experience in relevant sector preferably significant portion of it to be in Youth Livelihoods interventions, Youth leadership, engagement and mobilisation
  • Minimum of five years’ work experience in INGO or Donor world
  • Excellent understanding of the country’s socio-economic development, livelihoods opportunities, youth engagement platforms, and the private sector
  • Experience of program development focused on using/accessing assets in skills, social capital, finance and information and natural resources,
  • Already established professional relationship with Government institutions, well-versed with regard to successful livelihoods initiatives, youth networks, and CSOs
  • Well established business development and resource mobilisation experience with proven track record of achievement
  • Proven record of high level strategic thinking and engagement with donors, academia, development partners, government institutions, and the private sector
  • Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills, creativity and flexibility
  • Advanced computer skills in MS Office word, outlook and excel
  • Ability to travel and spend significant amount of time out of Addis Ababa
  • Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure well
  • Excellent command of English language
  • Commitment to VSO’s work and values

Location : Addis Ababa with field travel

Number of posts 1

Job Requirements

Education and Experience

  • Post Graduate Degree in Social Science or relevant field with strong experience around youth program design and engagement
  • Minimum of 8 years’ work experience in relevant sector preferably significant portion of it to be in Youth Livelihoods interventions, Youth leadership, engagement and mobilization

Competencies and Behaviour

At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee, or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:

  • Ability to be open minded and respectful
  • Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations
  • Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
  • Ability to seek and share knowledge

VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.

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