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Positive Youth Development Director

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from Pact
Closing date: 31 May 2019

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.

Department

Program Delivery (PDEL) - Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The Program Delivery Team, contributes to realizing this purpose by: Forging smart partnerships and treating all people with dignity and respect; Applying organizational policies and regulatory compliance appropriately and consistently; Facilitating team spirit among colleagues and promoting the organization through communications; Influencing decision makers through focused, relevant communications; Continually striving to learn and share knowledge and find small ways to make the workplace more enjoyable for all; Cultivating and harvesting innovation; Contributing to the organization’s ability to think and act strategically at all times; Inspiring and spreading our desired organizational culture across the global enterprise.

Position Overview

The Positive Youth Development Expert is responsible for ensuring that youth issues are mainstreamed across project activities, including training materials, M&E, operations, policies and procedures, and design activities that target youth. The Youth Advisor will also be responsible for participating in stakeholder forums and steering committees that affect youth in particular.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide overall strategic direction and supervision for all youth development activities.
  • Lead technical design and implementation of community and youth development interventions in line with project objectives and global and regional best practices in youth development, youth-led organizational strengthening, and service delivery.
  • Engage youth-led groups and youth activists and foster the development and use of innovative approaches to promote youth leadership.
  • Guide the development and adaptation of training curricula in the areas of soft skills, civil education, social entrepreneurship and specific skill areas, according to identified training needs.
  • In collaboration with the Civil Society Capacity Development Director, provide capacity development services to local partners.
  • Represent Pact and USAID at local, national and regional meetings, workshops and conferences.

Basic Requirements

  • Advanced degree in a relevant field, such as international development or education.
  • At least 6 years of experience advancing community engagement and youth leadership in the Central Asia region (i.e. community mobilization, community development, capacity development and youth empowerment).
  • Prior experience in a senior management role.
  • Demonstrated ability to research and analyze state policies and legislation related to youth and make recommendations for improvement to relevant stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of the political/social context, civil society space, and youth issues across Central Asia and experience integrated youth empowerment and engagement in civil society programming.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, creative problem-solving, and ethical management.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and oversee multiple complex tasks simultaneously.
  • Fluency in English and Russian and/or one of the local languages (Kazakh, Tajik, Turkmen, or Uzbek).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working on other US Government-funded projects pertaining to civil society strengthening.
  • In-depth knowledge of USAID regulations, systems, and procedures.

Pact provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.