Project Manager - Opportunities for Youth Employment (OYE)





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Company DescriptionThe Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) is an international not-for-profit development organization that believes in contributing to poverty alleviation in Zambia through various programs/projects that it implements. There is great ...

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Company DescriptionThe Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) is an international not-for-profit development organization that believes in contributing to poverty alleviation in Zambia through various programs/projects that it implements. There is great opportunity by all people to pursue their own sustainable development and SNV is working with different groups in pursuant of the same. SNV provides services in Agriculture, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, and Renewable Energy. The recipients of these services include governmental institutions, non-governmental organizations and private sector organizations, communities and individual household.Background: SNV is preparing for an upcoming multi-country Opportunities for Youth Employment Project supported by SDC and other donors. The Opportunities for Youth Employment (OYE) approach, is a market based method to sustainably increase youth (self) employment. The OYE model is distinguished from regular/traditional approaches – it goes beyond skills training, including market matching and mentoring into (self-) employment and enterprise development. It aims to achieve access to direct employment and business opportunities in climate smart agriculture and renewable energy sectors.Overview of the Position The Project Manager OYE is responsible for the implementation of the project in Zambia and liaise with the Regional Program Coordinator who is based in Harare. He/she works with stakeholders from private sector, government institutions and national and international CSO/NGSs. He/she leads a small team working across the sectors of Energy and Climate Smart Agriculture in collaboration with other SNV projects
Job DescriptionKey responsibilities:Liaise with Regional Program CoordinatorEnsuring good connections between the OYE project and relevant AG/Energy programs /projects in SNV Zambia and beyondPartnerships and business developmentResponsible for communicating and reportingCoordinate ‘push’, ‘match’ and ‘pull’ dynamics.Integrating project components with technical institutes/farmer field schools/business development service providersTA in business development, employment and enterprise development.Engage local institutions and enterprises in technical training relevant for AG sectors.Matching trained youth with career opportunities (internships, job placements).Identify opportunities for youth-led businesses in agriculture and agro-related sectors (including Energy for Agriculture)CooKey activitiesrdinate youth employment interventions in OYE ZambiaProvide guidance to public and private sector engagements for youth (self-) employment and enterprise developmentEngage and maintain key partnerships and collaboration modalitiesOversee and track progress of the implementation of key activities (scans on youth skills and labor demand; skills training curricula development: skills training delivery; peer-to-peer network creation; internships, career guidance and job placement).Provide guidance on learning/labor needs assessment.Identify local (implementing) partners, training institutions, Local Service Providers and trainersOversight, quality control and support to local implementing partnersAdvise on (criteria and mechanisms for) selection of youthOrganize/facilitate technical skills training within existing projects and business skills training for youthSupport to opportunity mapping to match trained youth with private sector job opportunitiesSupport internship placements with companiesFacilitate career guidance and job placement
QualificationsRequirementsMaster’s degree plus 8 years of experience in a relevant discipline e.g. agriculture, agricultural economics, agribusiness, energy economics and business administration;Proven track record in implementation of projects of similar nature in development organizations in the following areas:Entrepreneurship/private sector developmentyouth skills developmentinclusive business/market modelsmultiple stakeholder facilitation, public – private partnerships;(action) research for innovative development solutionsDemonstrated experience in managing capacity building programs with preferably a background in training;A proactive, solution driven and entrepreneurial individual who will explore and develop innovative approaches that appeal to rural youth ;Excellent social / networking skills, ability to engage with government, private sector and civil society;Excellent communication (writing and oral), advisory, reporting and presentation skills;Excellent People management skills with Strong project budget/finance skillsExperience in project monitoring and evaluation with excellent analytical skillsExperience in proposal development and business developmentAvailable for frequent travel in the project areas
Additional InformationKey competencies/qualitiesEntrepreneurial spirit (capable to speak with business/private sector)Youthful mind-set (not necessarily young, but someone who can place youth in the center of attention, someone geared to youth empowerment)Risk-taker and creative mind-setKeen on learning and knowledge development (notably on what works well, and how youth become “better”); keen on the principle of continuous improvementIf you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your Cover letter and Curriculum Vitae in English on or before the 14th October ,2019.

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