Innovation and Youth Empowerment Specialist Non-profit Jobs - CARE International


Job Title:             Innovation and Youth Empowerment Specialist
Organization: CARE International
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

About US:
CARE International is a leading global development and humanitarian organization. In 2014, CARE worked in 90 countries around the world, supporting 880 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian aid projects, reaching more than 72 million people. CARE International in Uganda (CARE) works with others to make a sustainable improvement in the lives of the very poor, with a focus on women and girls. Our current program focusses on women and girls’ economic rights, particularly financial inclusion and governance of natural resources women and girls depend upon, and on their sexual and reproductive health rights, including a life free of violence. Our programming is guided by our core values of excellence, accountability, respect, integrity and transparency.

Job Summary: The Innovation and Youth Empowerment specialist will have strong youth friendly mobilization skills and analytical skills. He/She should have in depth analysis of policy, structural and systemic constraints faced by youth.  He/She will be conversant with youth empowerment models and national youth frameworks and policies that will inform interventions in this project.  He/She will take lead in developing the project’s youth empowerment strategies and approaches that will be mainstreamed in resilience building, economic empowerment, and climate smart Agriculture and advocacy work in natural resource governance.   This includes assisting youth in earning and saving income, managing money, and allocating household resources for improved household security and engaging in agriculture as a business.  The Specialist will work with the CO and program staff to ensure the most efficient way of adhering to specific donor requirements and programming principles. He/ She will provide overall Programme level technical guidance in ecologically friendly entrepreneurship, private sector engagement, innovations, market information and viable linkages.  He /she will offer skills development through youth based training, coaching and mentoring approaches staff and partners in private sector engagement and business development service. This initiative will be implemented in Kyegegwa and Arua targeting both refugees and host communities as well as Kyenjojo in selected sub counties.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Lead in identifying private sector partnerships and champion innovations 40%
  • Lead in identifying private sector partners and undertake due diligence of the private sector partners
  • Provide effective, innovative and technical leadership in the Livelihood & resilience project management.
  • Ensure that business processes, standards and guidelines related to Livelihood & resilience initiatives are effectively applied in project implementation.
  • Facilitate adoption of best practice/approaches/models in the course of the implementation of the project.
  • Facilitate the target groups with viable market linkages, information and networks.
  • Design appropriate strategies to address capacity and assets of the targeted groups based upon the needs assessments.
  • Undertake capacity building for CARE staff and partners in entrepreneurship with a focus on ECO entrepreneurship in resilience building.  
  • Collaborate with relevant line ministries to implement economic empowerment interventions within the defined strategies of resilient livelihoods, CSA and Women Economic Empowerment.
  • Together with partners, conduct regular reflection and learning events
  • Work with private sector partners, University Research institutions to identify, pilot, test or promote innovation that increase community resilience.
Provide technical support to Youth empowerment, livelihoods activities, and innovations in line with building resilience of the targeted community groupings to address needs. 35%
  • Ensure all livelihoods improvement strategies are youth sensitive ,
  • Provide mentorship and establish  incubation centers for youth to grow entrepreneurial skills and promote youth innovations
  • Monitor uptake of enterprise development and innovations by recording information of youth activities Ensure youth involvement; by identifying strategic entry points for engagement.
  • Develop codes of conduct and youth performance indicators and influence the formulation of youth related policies in BR, CC and NRG.
  • Provide access to opportunities and platforms for youth and engage with activities regarding  CC, BR & NRG
  • Spearhead Advocacy for youth specific concerns targeting key actors such as communities, local government and private sector.
  • Lead and contribute to community based work directly with refugees, women and youth, through facilitation strategic linkages and networking for groups.
  • Lead in monitoring and maintaining relevant manuals, training materials and reports relevant to entrepreneurship and livelihoods improvement.
  • Lead the process of guiding youth grouping and clusters (refugees, host communities, Natural Resource dependent groups of women and youth) in selection, planning and management of enterprises.
  • Engage in regular monitoring visits, coaching, mentoring of project beneficiaries to evaluate resilience and livelihoods Improvement effectiveness.
  • Work closely with BR &NRG team to ensure integration of women’s and youth economic empowerment activities as core competencies for the project team and partners.
Facilitate Learning, building Synergies and strategic alliances for Project delivery: 20%
  • Facilitate periodic Learning (vertical and Horizontal) across BR &NRG partners and the private sector for sound engagement with the government at various levels.
  • Lead the documentation of best practices in private sector engagement, innovations and youth empowerment.
  • Identify points of convergence between the private sector and CSO advocacy initiatives in forestry.
  • Document models viable models for CARE engagement with the Private sector in the Environment and Natural component.
  • Design appropriate business and economic empowerment models for the refugees community
  • Participate in key Country Office events.
  • Support fundraising initiatives under WENG
Others: Perform any other duties-5%


Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant for the CARE International Innovation and Youth Empowerment Specialist job placement should preferably hold a graduate degree in business administration, Agriculture Economics development studies, Economics or another relevant discipline from an accredited university;
  • Five to seven years of experience in development work, with a focus on private sector engagement and facilitation of public-private partnerships;
  • Knowledge on building resilience, climate Smart Agriculture, and gender transformation.
  • A proven ability to identify high-value partnerships with the private and Civil Society Organizations to leverage private investment and benefits.
  • Experience of working youth and economic development activities will be an added advantage
  • A proven ability to initiate, negotiate and maintain effective working relations with private sector, research institutions, Government departments, and Civil Society Organizations
  • Ability to work independently and effectively within tight deadlines;
  • Experience designing capacity Development initiatives, excellent facilitation, communication and team work skills, Coaching and mentoring and Partnership nurturing skills

How to Apply:
All applicants are encouraged to send their application letters clearly articulating alignment with the above profile and an updated detailed (CV) giving day time telephone contacts and names and addresses of 3 (three) work related referees to ugarecruitment@care.org

Deadline: 13th April 2018

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