The Challenge Fund for Youth Employment (CFYE) is a 6-year and €114 million programme funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that aims to create a prosperous future for 200,000 young women and men in the Middle East, North Africa, Sahel & West Africa and Horn of Africa regions. The Fund will be supporting initiatives in 23 focus countries that will offer youth, in particular young women, opportunities for work that is demand-driven and productive, offering a stable income and safe working conditions, and that is contributing to their personal development and social protection.
Private sector, civil society and knowledge institutions will be invited to submit proposals geared to scalable solutions for creating more and better jobs and income generating opportunities for youth. Solutions will in particular focus on an integrated approach that addresses the shortcomings on the demand side (jobs) and supply side (skills) and bridging the mismatch between these two in the labour market.
Overview of Technical Assistance, Strategy and Impact Team:
There are three teams that are primarily responsible for leading delivery of the Challenge Fund’s investment and support in target countries: (i) Country Teams led by Country Leads, (ii) Fund Management Team, and (iii) Technical Assistance (TA), Strategy and Impact Team. Overall, this team is responsible for:
– Driving the development and refinement of Fund-level strategies, delivery mechanisms, processes and tools pertaining to TA, Social Impact, Leverage and Investment Readiness, and Learning and Innovation.
– Closely collaborate with the Fund Management Team in supporting the Country Teams in setting up and operationalizing country-level as well as implementing partner-level strategies of above domains in line with CFYE’s vision.
– Identifying opportunities for building external linkages and partnerships that enable the advancement of learning and innovation agenda of the Challenge Fund.
In this role, you will be the Lead and Senior Manager for the Technical Assistance (TA) Strategy and Impact Team, which comprises internal technical experts as well as external specialists brought on as and when necessary. These experts enable country teams to deploy adequate TA in their respective portfolios to support investees in maximizing their impact. In addition, this assistance also drives learning & innovation through the Challenge Fund’s work at an aggregate portfolio as well as individual IP levels.
While driving the delivery of TA across the portfolio of countries and investees, you will also be responsible for building linkages across different stakeholders in the ecosystem. These include but are not limited to Palladium’s regional offices, the Challenge Fund’s consortium partners, the client as well as other relevant organizations in target countries.
You will also be an integral part of the Challenge’s Fund’s Management Team and will be closely involved in key strategic and fund management decisions and activities.
– Relevant academic qualifications in business administration, development economics or other relevant field.
– Project management experience, preferably in operating as part of technical assistance facilities, or grants management.
– Technical experience and strong affinity with business/private sector development and youth employment.
– Experience with social impact themes such as gender and youth inclusion and decent work are desirable but not required.
– Ability and willingness for make short term travel to the countries CFYE is operating, if and when feasible and required.
– A positive, flexible attitude to work including the ability to multi-task and work in a team environment.
– Good organisational and planning skills.
– Sound problem solving and decision making skills.
– Strong business acumen, and understanding of business support
– Strong Project Management skills and experience leading a team
– Strong affinity with youth empowerment, gender and social inclusion, and decent work.
– Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
– Good organisational and planning skills.
– Sound problem-solving and decision-making skills.
How To Apply:
Interested and qualified candidates are kindly invited to submit a cover letter and resume (both in English) no later than 23 September 2022. This vacancy is also open for internal CFYE/Palladium candidates. The Challenge Fund reserves the right to close this recruitment process before the confirmed closing date if an internal candidate was successful.
Interviews with shortlisted candidates are scheduled to take place in the week commencing 3 October 2022. An assessment may be part of the application process. Initial employment will be for a period of one year, with the possibility to extend. Remuneration will be based on background and experience.
All staff are required to adhere to the Palladium Code of Conduct. Recruitment is subject to successful completion of all applicable background checks, including references and criminal records checks.
Closing Date: 31 October 2022 at 23:59. We will be interviewing suitable candidates on a rolling basis.