Start date: 2021
Duration: 3, 6, or possibly 12 Months
As a VSO volunteer, you will immerse yourself in a new culture, face fresh challenges and develop your expertise, and often also management skills while doing something truly fulfilling. The local office or partner’s need will decide your exact job description.
The Challenge Fund for Youth Employment (CFYE) https://fundforyouthemployment.nl/, initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), aims to create new jobs and make jobs more accessible for 200.000 youth (half of these for women) in the ministry’s priority focus countries in the Middle East, North Africa, Sahel & West Africa and the Horn of Africa. The fund is open to the Private sector and (I)NGO applications (or mixed consortia). VSO will strengthen the work of the selected Implementing Partners through strategic VSO volunteer engagements.
The aim of the Fund will be achieved by supporting youth employment initiatives in these regions. Initiatives will offer youth, particularly young women, opportunities for decent work that delivers better prospects for personal development, is productive, and offers a stable income, social protection, and safe working conditions. Strengthen the private sector to engage with youth and to create decent work for youth that meets their aspirations and provides them voice and agency. Develop knowledge products for youth empowerment and support the implementation of these tools within private sector companies, micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), and target communities.
As a Youth Engagement & Empowerment Adviser you will:
- Support partners in developing knowledge products (definitions, guidance, tools, training, research, etc.).
- Research barriers in youth empowerment.
- Advise on career paths for youths and preserve them for the companies.
- Support the revision of the training modules for capacity building of the private sector, to ensure that they are gender and youth responsive.
- Ensure that the lessons learned are retrieved from within the organization and are applied in the programs.
- Make sure that there is an effective M&E report and monitor the learnings on youth engagement and empowerment within employment programs.
- You work in a multidimensional project team, with experts in different kinds of areas.
Skills, qualifications and experience required
At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee, or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:
- You have a Bachelor/ Master’s degree in Behavioral and Social Science, HR or Business Administration.
- You have extensive experience (5+ years) with youth engagement policies and strategies, implementation and advisory, and/ or youth economic empowerment.
- Private Sector experience is essential.
- You have experience with monitoring and evaluation.
- Experience with Corporate Social Responsibility
Besides these skills, you need to be open-minded, respectful, resilient and adaptive to new situations. It is important that you can facilitate positive change, build sustainable working relationships and are willing to seek and share knowledge.
For further information about this job, download here the detailed job description.
VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.
Terms & conditions
VSO will cover and support you in all preparations: training, visa, work permit, registration in-country, flights, vaccinations, anti-malarial treatment, PEP treatment, medical and security clearance. In-country VSO will provide induction and support in placement, arrange secure accommodation (often shared with another VSO professional), full medical insurance (including repatriation cover), medical indemnity insurance, work-related travel costs and a living allowance which will enable you to live a basic but healthy lifestyle, but which is not sufficient to cover ongoing commitments at home.
What we do at VSO
Our programs focus on the areas of health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We believe progress is only possible when we work together and that strong partnerships are crucial to delivering positive change. That’s why we work with over 500 partner organizations, from local and national governments to businesses, NGOs, funders, charities and community groups. Currently, over 30% of our people are recruited from within the country in which they work, and we continue to grow the share of community and national volunteers involved in our programs. We also send increasing numbers of volunteers from one developing country to another. However, our vision has remained the same; to build a world without poverty.
The experience of a placement is a one-of-a-life-time experience and will benefit you in multiple ways. You will have the chance to learn to work with people from different cultural backgrounds. There is often the opportunity to develop your teamwork-, leadership- and management skills. This can be helpful for career opportunities after your placement.
The world currently faces challenges on a scale not seen in a century. As a global organization, efforts to control COVID-19 will certainly result in changes to VSO’s activities and operations in the coming months. At this moment we are not sending international professional volunteers abroad. We have dedicated teams monitoring the situation, working across locations, programmes and projects to ensure we respond appropriately and responsibly – and that no one is left behind. We’ll continue to recruit professional volunteers and maintain a talent pool, to be prepared to work with them in the face of this uncertainty to plan for the future and build a fair world for everyone. If you have any questions about our current programs and where we currently operate, don’t hesitate to contact our recruiter Kirsten.
This is a generic role description. We expect more specific jobs to become available soon for a start between October 2020 and March 2021 It is possible that the focus and responsibilities of this specific job will be slightly different. If you are interested in this, or similar positions, please express your interest by clicking on the ‘make an application’ button below. In this way, we can start managing a talent pool and be prepared for future roles.