Earn Over 63m as Skills and Learning Advisor at VSO



Organization: VSO
Duty Station: Lira, Uganda
Salary: UGX 63,000,000 p.a
        
About VSO:
VSO is the
world’s leading independent international development organisation that works
through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Our high-impact
approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote
international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a
fairer place.
About MasterCard Foundation DYNAMIC
Programme:
Working in
consortia with GOAL, VSO and Restless Development, the Driving Youth-led New
Agribusiness and Microenterprise (DYNAMIC) program which will strengthen
systems and facilitate creation of sustainable economic opportunities for
disadvantaged youth. The goal is to increase the number of youth in secure
employment/self-employment and to promote agricultural market systems for
youth. DYNAMIC will reach 125,000 out-of-school youth aged 15–24 in eight
districts of northern Uganda over five years.
Job Summary: The Skills and
Learning Advisor will be responsible for setting the technical direction and
strategy for DYNAMIC in the area of VTI engagement and capacity building and
coordination with VSO activities and knowledge base in this area. The incumbent
ensures all activities are planned, implemented, reviewed and reported
on/accounted for in line with the objectives of the programme. He / she also
provides technical support to VSO volunteers. The incumbent coordinates
financial and narrative reporting and monitoring and evaluation of VSO
activities.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1.
Project Planning and Implementation:
·        
Manage the VTI strategy under DYNAMIC, including
detailed work planning, implementation and monitoring together with VSO
volunteers and VTIs.
·        
Ensure the VSO aspects of the DYNAMIC project are
implemented according to agreed annual, quarterly and monthly work plans and
budgets; deliver against timeframes and project output and outcome
targets/objectives. 
·        
Input into development of DYNAMIC annual work plan
and budget. Develop and monitor quarterly and monthly work plans and budgets
for VSO lead activities.
·        
Send regular updates on project progress to DPD and
VSO PM-Livelihoods highlighting any deviations against plans and budgets with
solutions to overcome
·        
Actively participate in DYNAMIC Program Management
Unit meetings as well as project planning and review meetings
·        
Supervise the assessment and identification of VTI
through the PMU and  in coordination with
MEL officer and VSO PM-Livelihoods
·        
Act as a technical lead on design and implementation
strategy to link youth to formal skills development opportunities
·        
Identifying, maintain and strengthen relationships
with key stakeholders
2.
Monitoring and Evaluation:
·        
Compile monthly reports with emphasis on lessons
learn, good practices, success stories and achievement of project outcome and
output targets
·        
Provide technical input into donor reports
·        
Ensure project documentation is collected and
maintained in such a way to assist donor reporting and M&E requirements of
the project
·        
Offer technical support to VSO volunteers in
implementation of VTI capacity assessments; capacity building; baseline and
follow-up measurement for youth enrolled in VTIs under the project
·        
Facilitate a culture of learning and knowledge
sharing within the programme; sharing good practices, addressing
under-performance
·        
Participate in action research connected to the
programme’s learning and influencing activities
3.
Grant and partnership Management:
·        
Work in liaison with VSO PM Livelihoods conduct
regular visits to VTIs and VSO volunteers to support the working partnerships and
to ensure quality standards
·        
Support in the monitoring of donor grant allocated
to VSO lead activities, ensuring appropriate reporting is in place
·        
Ensure expenditure against budgets and activities
are monitoring monthly and any areas of variance identified and communicated to
DPD and VSO PM-Livelihoods with suggested corrective actions; Input into
quarterly budget reforecasts
·        
Ensure DYNAMIC consortiums financial and procurement
requirements are adhered
4.
Volunteer Support:
·        
Work with the VSO programme support team to induct,
orient and provide on-going technical support to VSO volunteers
·        
Engage VSO volunteers in planning processes,
supporting them to identify linkages between their work and delivery of
programme goals
·        
Work in liaison with VSO PM-Livelihoods provide
advice and technical support as needed to the VSO volunteers to ensure they
feel well supported to effectively achieve their project placement objectives.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The ideal candidate for the placement should hold a Bachelor’s
degree in Development studies, Agriculture, Business Administration or other
equivalent experience
·        
At least five years’ experience in managing and
delivering livelihoods development programmes.
·        
Detailed knowledge and understanding of
multi-sectoral development issues centered around youth livelihoods with a
particular focus on vocational training and agricultural enterprise
development;
·        
Excellent understanding and experience of project
cycle management, organisational assessment, planning and M&E tools and
processes;
·        
Past exposure and experience of the financial
management of budgets, including monitoring and managing expenditure
·        
Demonstrated success at networking and partnership
development
·        
Demonstrated ability to develop and motivate others
within a team.
·        
Evidence of ability to provide effective support to
international and national volunteers
·        
Evidence of leadership skills and people management
skills, experience of developing, coaching and managing high performing teams
·        
IT literate (Microsoft packages)
·        
Oral and written fluency in English, with confidence
in communicating to a wide range of audiences.
·        
Willingness to live and travel within northern
Uganda
·        
Practical experience gained within an volunteer NGO
context is desired
·        
Prior experience and knowledge of Northern Uganda is
an added advantage
·        
Working knowledge local languages
·        
Previous experience of market led approached
How to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to download the job
description to read more details about the position and the skills and
experience we’re looking for. To submit your application, click on ‘Apply now’
and complete all relevant fields on the online application form at the web link
below.
Deadline: 30th October 2015

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