Job Position: Youth Outreach Cordinator
Location: Mbarara, Uganda
Program: ICYD Activity
EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT CENTER (EDC)
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The goal of the five-year, USAID-funded Integrated Child and Youth Development (ICYD) Activity is for Ugandan children and youth, especially the most vulnerable, to receive the support and services necessary to lead resilient, healthy, and productive lives. The ICYD Activity is expected to achieve the following:
- Children and youth have improved learning outcomes;
- Children and youth are safe and healthy in their community and learning environments; and
- Youth practice positive behaviors and are able to make informed decisions about their lives and relationships.
Working in partnership with MOES and MGLSD, district and zonal officials, and other Ugandan government and civil society partners, ICYD will comprise a series of activities to: support improved basic education for Ugandan children; address school-related and gender-based violence; facilitate enhanced child protection and support for vulnerable youth; provide support to HIV-affected orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and their caregivers/families; and support HIV care and treatment outcomes in close collaboration with clinical and community structures.
ICYD will implement a grants program to reinforce the basic education and OVC components of the project in the following key ways:
- Increase the number of Ugandan youth with access to quality basic education services
- Promote positive development for specific groups of at-risk youth
To these ends, ICYD will use grants to local organizations to 1) facilitate access to alternative and accelerated education programming that provides age-appropriate alternative basic education to out-of-school children, with the ultimate aim of preparing them to re-enroll in grades 5-7 or obtain primary grade completion equivalency, and 2) offer workforce readiness and soft skills training to older out-of-school youth aged 15-29 as a means of supporting positive youth development, reducing youth vulnerability, and reinforcing other project outcomes.
Reporting to the Senior Zone Manager, the Youth Outreach coordinator will provide technical support and monitoring to youth-serving grantee organizations (YSOs). The grants will fall under two tracks:
- Track 1: Alternative & Accelerated Education Grants: focus on preparing out-of-school youth to return to grades 5-7 through accelerated catch-up programs.
- Track 2: Workforce Readiness & Soft Skills Grants: focus on out-of-school at-risk youth and OVC, youth transitioning out of pediatric HIV care, and HIV+ young parents/household heads, in alignment with USAID/Uganda’s youth strategy and other ICYD project objectives.
As a member of the ICYD Activity team at the zonal level:
- Contribute to ICYD’s youth work by liaising with EDC’s home office Youth Technical Advisor, ICYD Grants Manager and ICYD youth focal points at national level and providing technical guidance and support to youth-serving YSOs implementing activities under Tasks 1 and 2, including in planning and implementation of accelerated learning programs, work readiness training, financial literacy and VSLA models, and work-based learning activities;
- Conduct regular monitoring of all project activities implemented by YSO grantees;
- Coordinate with ICYD’s monitoring, evaluation & learning team to monitor relevant project indicators;
- Participate in surveys and impact assessments related to youth return to school and/or work readiness preparation;
- Conduct quarterly and yearly planning with YSO grantees, and contribute YSO grantee plans and strategies to an integrated zonal level project work plan;
- Review progress against the work plan on monthly, quarterly basis with national and zonal project teams;
- Prepare written reports on project activities and results on a monthly and quarterly basis;
- Document and share achievements and best practices to improve programming;
- Conduct these and other tasks as required in support of ICYD Activity goals.
The candidate for the position of Youth Outreach Coordinators shall have at a minimum the following qualifications:
BA and 4 to 5 years of directly relevant experience required; additional technical or collegiate education desirable.
Skills and Experience:
- A minimum of 4 years’ experience in education, accelerated education, OVC work readiness training, entrepreneurship, financial literacy/VSLAs, youth livelihoods, and/or youth development;
- Experience building technical capacity of local youth-serving organizations through coaching and supportive supervision;
- Experience conducting training for YSOs and other stakeholders;
- Understanding of the Ugandan education, youth livelihoods, and out-of-school youth context;
- Understanding of best practices in positive youth development approaches;
- Demonstrated experience monitoring project activities and managing for outcomes;
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team, prioritizing multiple tasks;
- Ability to verbally communicate in an engaging manner and write clearly and concisely;
- Ability to build effective relationships with all clients, peers, and stakeholders;
- Ability to work within a cross-cultural setting with tolerance and respect and negotiate diplomatically;
- Knowledge of/experience with USAID-funded projects preferred.
*This is a Zonal position. Preference will be given to locals based in the respective location of the ICYD location (Hoima, Mbarara, Kampala).
Fluency in English is required.
Knowledge of Ugandan local languages is an additional advantage.
Job closing date: March 26, 2021
To apply, Applicants are encouraged to visit the Careers Page at: https://go.edc.org/DCES-Uganda-ICYD
Applications submitted without a resume or CV will not be reviewed.
Due to the volume of applications submitted, only finalists will be notified. No phone calls, please.
EDC is committed to enhancing the diversity of its workforce and ensuring an equitable and highly inclusive work environment. EDC is a smoke-free workplace, and offers a supportive work environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits. Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.