Non-profit Jobs – Vocational Training Specialist –Agricultural Engineering at VSO

Organization: VSO
Project Name: Driving
Youth-led New Agribusiness and Microenterprise (DYNAMIC) Program
Funding Source: MasterCard
Duty Station: Uganda
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
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 Vocational Training Specialist
–Agricultural Engineering will assess the needs and build the technical and
institutional capacity of staff within vocational training institutes to deliver
market relevant agricultural related trainings and services to youth so they
can access employment as part of the MasterCard funded DYNAMIC project.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Input into the assessment conducted by the DYNAMIC
consortium to select VTIs that the best fit the needs of the project.
Steer the implementation of the capacity building
plan (this can be directly through on-the-job training, coaching and mentoring
as well as identifying appropriate resource person(s) within DYNAMIC consortium
or external resource persons as needed)
Conduct an assessment of the organisational and
technical capacity needs of VTIs in location and jointly with the VTI develop a
capacity building plan
Strengthen the capacity of VTIs in location to
assess the agriculture related market
Work closely with VTIs in location to review and
adapt training curricula and develop appropriate training modules according to
outcomes of market assessment(s)
Strengthen capacity of VTIs to deliver quality,
market driven and relevant agricultural related trainings to youth
(participatory and learner centred training approaches; data tracking and
recording of learners’ achievements / progress etc)
Render support in the development and implementation
of entrepreneurship and other core skills as required by the VTIs.
Work with VTIs to develop mechanisms for placing
youth graduates into jobs; establish market linkages; offering post training
support and track employment after graduation
Work with VTIs to adapting facilities and courses to
overcome gender and disabled specific barriers to youth accessing trainings and
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate should preferably hold a relevant
degree in the field of agricultural engineering or other related degree
At least three years’ work experience in a relevant
Vocational teaching skills and experience in related
Lesson planning and class/course development skills
Significant experience of developing and introducing
new systems/courses connected with low tech agri-engineering
(manufacture/repair of high impact, low cost intermediate technology tools,
equipment and machines)
Past exposure and experience of working with/training
low capacity teams
Proven coaching and mentoring skills
Effective communications skills (including IT skills
and report writing)
Be a self-starter
Cultural sensitivity
Motorbike skills or a willingness to learn
Personal Competencies:
Building and Sustaining working
The social skills to build and actively maintain
working relationships that foster teamwork and collaboration with others for
the benefit of a common goal.
Open Minded and Respectful: A non-judgemental
approach that values other people and culture.
Seeking and Sharing Knowledge: Recognition
that learning is a two-way and continuous process.
Facilitating Positive Change: The ability to
analyse problems and develop lasting solutions in line with VSO approaches.
Adaptability: A flexible
approach and the ability to adapt behaviour to different situations.
Resilience: The
self-confidence to work with a variety of situations, diverse people and
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
Deadline: 31st December 2015

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