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

and Youth Empowerment Specialist
Organization: CARE
Duty Station:  Kampala,
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
  • 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
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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
Deadline: 13th April 2018
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