Youth Technical Specialist

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The Youth Technical Specialist provides programmatic expertise and technical acumen to the practice and business development process, as well as overall thought leadership. The incumbent ensures that projects are aligned with NCBA CLUSA’s principles and strategic priorities; oversees technical program design and quality control; provides overall integration of innovative ideas and evidence-based learning; and champions information exchange and learning across the organization.

Specifically, this position provides cross-cutting support to all practice areas on youth engagement, workforce development and Positive Youth Development. The Specialist should be experienced in designing and implementing USAID activities for youth development, including mastery of PYD. S/he will provide technical guidance to the practice areas and to business development, and technical support to projects.


  • Serve as lead technical resource to the program Practice Areas both at HQ and in the field; work with Practice Area Directors, Chiefs of Party and senior field technical staff in the development of a vision and strategy and ensure the quality of project interventions. Additionally, develop and maintain internal communication processes for sharing their collective project/program learnings.
  • Collaborate with business development and program teams to identify and generate new business opportunities including positioning, capture planning and partnership development.
  • Serve as proposal technical lead and/or writer and provide technical input to the project design, integrate technical and financial aspects, incorporate best practices, program solution models, and other resources as appropriate.
  • Coordinate research to capture lessons learned and best practices from projects and ensure documentation and dissemination to inform organizational project design, implementation, and industry best practices.
  • Apply superior writing skills and technical expertise to author articles and thought pieces, provide review and substantive editing to interim and technical reports, and craft technical proposals.
  • Present at international conferences and participate in external working groups.
  • Establish links with partner organizations, research institutions and private sector actors to tap innovations and bring in complementary technical capacities.
  • Supervise program management staff and field staff and provide mentorship to the program management team.
  • Provide programmatic and technical quality assurance to projects and participate in the management/backstopping of multi-year international donor-funded projects.
  • Identify monitoring and evaluation, learning and knowledge management needs on international projects.
  • Liaise with other staff members to share information regarding projects, to discuss field needs, and to develop strategies.
  • Participates in the development of organizational processes and procedures to ensure efficient operations of program implementation.


  • Advise NCBA CLUSA leadership on development trends, strategies, and global opportunities especially in area(s) of youth, entrepreneurship and livelihoods, civic engagement and market participation, workforce development and financial inclusion.
  • Design and deliver global training that builds the technical capacity of program staff; as well as increase the technical knowledge of training facilitators, regional coordinators and others as part of a Trainer of Trainers (TOT) model.
  • Enhance visibility of NCBA CLUSA among the development community and funders by participating in events; organizing presentations, conference appearances, and Capitol Hill-based activities; and authoring papers.
  • Work with the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Director and Knowledge Manager to implement an integrated Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Framework (as outlined by USAID project cycle guidance) to include:
    1. Identification and application of evidence-based interventions and provide training and capacity building to program staff.
    2. Monitoring, evaluation and improvement assistance of country programs and projects; champion the documentation of lessons learned and best practices, and continuously integrate changes to programs for greater impact.
    3. Coordinating the process for effectively communicating with partners lessons learned to reduce duplication and share knowledge.
  • Fill in short-term program vacancies, as required.


To perform this job successfully the individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.



  • Master’s degree required in Business Administration, Public Policy and Administration, Social Science or related field.


  • Minimum eight years of relevant program and technical work experience in a relevant area of Positive Youth Development, workforce development, youth business incubation, and skills development in the international development sector; field experience preferred.

  • Minimum five-years previous experience working on donor funded projects; USAID and USDA projects preferred; as well as understanding of compliance with respective donor rules and regulations.

  • Demonstrated success leading and/or contributing to new business development can include bid/no-bid vetting, proposal design, proposal writing, market intelligence, development of external partnerships, etc.

  • Demonstrated experience in design and/or delivery of training and technical assistance.

  • International field experience working with multi-cultural teams.

  • Experience with evidence-based learning opportunities and leveraging insights for program and organizational performance improvement. Demonstrated thought leader and innovator in specified area of technical expertise.

  • Project management experience related to project oversight is a plus.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to productively build and maintain relationships with senior-level colleagues, government agencies, NGOs, private sector groups, other donor organizations, internationally based consultants, and sub-contractors.
  • Manage program/assigned projects: contributing to annual planning; timely, high quality implementation of activities; and monitoring and evaluation of project implementation and deliverables.
  • Knowledge of Learning and Adaptive Management principles and models; may include USAID’s Collaboration, Learning and Adapting (CLA).
  • Prior usage of MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), collaborative work platforms (Teams), and Web Conferencing Applications.

Behavioral Competencies:

  • An entrepreneurial spirit with excellent leadership, communication, presentation, writing and interpersonal skills.
  • Innovative and creative thinker, proactive, resourceful, solutions and results oriented.
  • Demonstrated success in motivating, mentoring, and supervising diverse teams of employees, as well as work productively with peers across departments.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, to be able to accept and discharge substantial responsibilities, to prioritize work assignments, to meet deadlines, and to exercise professional judgment.
  • Understanding and respect for cultural differences.
  • Ability to quickly adapt and be flexible, as well as support teams through change initiatives.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS:** Excellent communication skills and fluency in English. Advanced proficiency (ability to communicate effectively in professional settings) in French or Spanish is required.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:** 25% travel expected, including international travel.

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