CARE International NGO Jobs – Youth Savings and Loans Associations (YSLA) and Girls’ Socio-Economic Empowerment Specialist

Job Title:   Youth Savings and Loans Associations (YSLA) and Girls’ Socio-Economic
Empowerment Specialist

Organization: CARE

Project Name: Women,
Adolescents and Youth Rights and Empowerment Programme


Duty Station:

About US:

CARE is a global
leader within a worldwide movement dedicated to ending poverty. We are known
everywhere for our unshakeable commitment to the dignity of people. CARE works
around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice. We
seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been
overcome and all people live with dignity and security. We put women and girls
in the centre because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people
have equal rights and opportunities. CARE has been working in Uganda for 50
years and in 2019/2020, we improved the lives of 2.6 million people (60%
women). Our goal for the next five years is to reach ten million people,
through our gender transformative, resilience building, and lifesaving

Job Summary:  The Youth Savings and Loans Associations
(YSLA) and Girls’ Socio-Economic Empowerment Specialist is responsible for
developing and implementing WAY project interventions specifically targeting
girls aged 15 to 19 years. S/he leads the successful delivery of the Youth and
Adolescent empowerment processes in the WAY programme in the eleven districts
of West Nile and Northern Uganda namely: Arua, Madi-Okollo, Terego, Yumbe,
Moyo, Obongi, Adjumani, Amuru, Agago, Kitgum and Lamwo as well as twenty-three
Refugee Settlements (Spread Across Madi-Okollo, Terego, Yumbe, Obongi, Adjumani
and Lamwo). The YSLA and GSEE Specialist will be a dynamic team player with
strong technical skills in youth entrepreneurship, income generating activities
(IGAs) and socio-economic empowerment. S/he has an in-depth understanding of
YLSA and the socio-economic status of girls as a marginalized and a vulnerable
category of youth and adolescents. S/he must be familiar with the inherent
gender norms that tend to marginalise girls and women, leading into a path of
marginalisation very early in their lives. The Specialist should be familiar
with the development-humanitarian nexus programming, have a passion for: youth
and girls’ socio-economic empowerment; promoting gender equality and diversity,
engaging men and boys, curbing GBV; and promoting adolescent sexual
reproductive health rights. The incumbent should have strong mobilisation,
networking and relationship building skills and be familiar with working in
partnership with local governments and Refugee Settlements Authorities. The
YSLA and GSEE empowerment Specialist provides technical oversight in capacity
development interventions, needs assessments, mentorships and support
supervision of the girls and their groups. The key responsibilities of the
position include working closely with the Initiative Manager, other
Specialists, Coordinators, district based staff and the entire WAY team, agents
and Volunteers to roll out the youth and girls’ empowerment processes and be
accountable for verables. S/he ensures periodic reviews, documentation as well
as timely planning and reporting. The incumbent should have practical knowledge
and capacity for layering SRHR, GBV, IGAs and other activities on the YSLA platforms
within the overall objectives of the project, namely promotion of SRHR and GBV
Prevention. The position is based in Kitgum with substantial travel of up to
70% of the time to project districts in Acholi and West Nile sub-regions. The
incumbent may be transferred based on CARE organisational needs.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Work with WAY team
to implement the YSLA approach and girls socio-economic strengthening
interventions. (40% of time):

participatory identification and capacity assessment of existing girls’ groups
and support formation of new ones as necessary.

team members, girls’ groups and WAY platforms on integrating and rolling out
the YSLA approach for out of school girls.

and implement YSLA and girls’ socio-economic empowerment activities for the WAY

revise and/or adapt training materials and conduct TOTs in YSLA methodology

training resources and conduct TOTs in enterprise development and advanced
business skills

formal financial linkages and product development that suit the YSLA
beneficiary category.

Digital access to financial services and Financial Education to address the
day-today needs of the targeted girls.

value chain development and market access training guides for building
capacities of YSLA members

and realign existing YSLA training manuals and ensure they are tailored to the
local context for the desired target groups.

Apprenticeship and skills development for the girls

leadership and life-skills training for the girls, mentoring, coaching and
growth processes.

Technical support
to girls’ groups and strengthening capacity on YSLA and GSEE. (25 % of time):

capacity strengthening for staff, girls’ groups and other actors to implement
YSLA and girls’ socio-economic empowerment deliverables

coach and monitor the progress of girls’ groups, CARE staff and ensure a high
quality of work on the ground in rolling out of the YSLA and girls
socio-economic empowerment approach

technical support to CARE projects involved in YSLA methodology and economic
empowerment, specifically contributing to integration and synergy between
Humanitarian and Development Programming within CARE Uganda Country Office

as appropriate in broader CARE Uganda programme initiatives such as WAYFIP,
WENG, Emergency and Gender/GBV/SRH

Coordinate and
nurture relationships with Local Governments, Refugee Settlements and Donor
Field Actors for synergy (20% of the time)

and strengthen networking between key stakeholders that underpin the
socioeconomic economic empowerment of girls e.g. government, banks, private
sector, religious and cultural institutions.

and support a collaborative and transparent working relationship between CARE
and stakeholders on the ground based on effective and timely communication

linkages and networking between the girls’ groups and other YSLA partners in
the private and public sector.

girls’ groups and staff to identify structural constraints that can be
addressed by an advocacy intervention and bring them to the attention of the
Initiative Manager.

represent the program at relevant fora

CARE in relevant events and for a such as district and refugee settlement level
coordination mechanisms aimed at harmonizing integration of programmes

Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (10 % of time):

with the MEAL TEAM, to support the design and implementation of monitoring and
evaluation systems in relation to the girls’ socio-economic empowerment

in the development and continuous review of the overall project M&E

to the designing of effective monitoring and evaluation tools to collect
relevant programme impact information.

in the preparation of annual and quarterly implementation plans and timely

in the preparation and documentation of stories of change, lessons learnt and
organize sharing of the documented lessons

the Country Office Programme Quality and Learning Activities.

monitoring and progress reports on a regular basis.

#5: Any Other duties: 5%

in CARE country programme business development including proposal development
and fundraising in areas of technical competence or as assigned

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

ideal applicant must hold a Master’s degree in business development, Economics,
Adult education, Sociology or related graduate qualifications.

knowledge and at least five years of proven practical experience technically
supporting gender transformative approaches.

At least
5 years of hands on professional experience in community development work
(including working with institutions, understanding their culture, breaking
taboos in conversations, ability to discuss sensitive topics such as
masculinity and sexuality in a sensitive but direct way).

working with large, cross cultural teams with multiple deliverables is

inter-personal communication and facilitation skills; sound judgment and
decision making skills.

to network, build relationships and establish collaboration with different
government institutions, development agencies, local and national networks.

to link with community activists and social movements

knowledge of M&E, and strong report writing and documentation skills.

commitment to gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.

experience on girls social – economic empowerment, implementing income
generating activities and layering services over YSLA platforms

with humanitarian-development nexus programming.

How to Apply:

All Candidates who
are interested in the above job should submit an updated CV and Application
letter giving a day time telephone contact and names, telephone contacts and
email addresses of 3 (three) work related referees only through our recruitment
clearly indicating the job title in the email subject.

CARE is an equal
opportunities, gender sensitive, corruption, sexual

exploitation and
abuse intolerant employer.

Please Note that
CARE International in Uganda does not ask any applicant payment for any recruitment

Deadline: 17th August 2020

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