Economic Empowerment Specialist

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 8 August 2019

Job Description

Counterpart International is currently seeking a Economic Empowerment Specialist for the implementation of the anticipated USAID-funded Youth Connect project which will seek to equip vulnerable young women and men in Niger with the skills, networks, and capital for increased strategic economic opportunities in Niger. This position is contingent upon award of the Program to Counterpart International.

The Economic Empowerment Specialist will lead activities related to all four of the Program’s objectives as they relate to employment and entrepreneurship skills building and access to income generation activities for young people. The Economic Empowerment Specialist will be at the forefront of ensuring that appropriate technical skill building interventions and access to markets and business networks are integrated into the Program, especially for youth living in conflict areas and at risk for engagement in CVE. He/She will work with a range of stakeholders (civil society, government, the private sector, and international and regional partners) to ensure that the Program promotes inclusion and contributes to increased economic opportunities among vulnerable young people.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work with partners to identify existing programs, resources, and materials that support youth technical skill building in market-driven industries and workforce readiness coaching, especially among at-risk youth;
  • Demonstrated experience analyzing labor market information in order to develop programming to support youth emplotment and entrepreneurship opportunities, including micro and small enterprises, with inclusion for young women and low-literacy populations;
  • Cultivate dynamic partnerships with local private sector partners, including local business owners to serve as employers and mentors of young people;
  • Demonstrated experience of programming that directly facilitates job placement and business incubation for young people, especially youth that may migrate;
  • Knowledge of effective programming for access to credit and capital for young people, which may include links with microfinance institutions, savings and loan associations, and e-money solutions.

Qualifications:

Education:

  • Master’s degree in International Development, Education, Economics, Public Policy, or other relevant areas of study;

Experience:

  • At least five years of demonstrated experience in advancing youth economic opportunities, inclusion both employment and self-employment;
  • Extensive knowledge in labor market analysis, workforce development, value chains, entrpreneurship, and gender equity and inclusion;
  • Knowledge of leveraging public-private partnerships and programs that promote access to capital and credit for youth;
  • Previous experience overseeing technical skill-building and business coaching programing for youth preferred, especially with low literacy populations and youth at risk of migration;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the agricultural and water resource managerment labor markets preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to perform at a high level and apply diplomacy skills with a wide range of stakeholders (i.e., national, provincial, district and local government officials, private sector, technical training institutes, CSOs/NGOs, informal community organizations, youth, and beneficiaries);
  • Strong presentation, reporting, and communication (both oral and written) skills;
  • Leadership capacity and experience supervising teams of diverse staff;
  • Previous experience working with youth in conflict settings is recommended, preferably with experience in Tillaberi;
  • Previous experience on a USAID-funded programs highly preferred;

Languages:

  • Fluency in French required;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English preferred.

Note: Only qualified candidates will be contacted

About the Organization

Counterpart International works to give people a voice in their own future through smart partnerships offering options and access to tools for sustained social, economic and environmental development. Counterpart's multi-sectoral capacity and experience offers beneficiaries direct access to in-house know-how in civil society and economic development, environmental resource management, health and social services, food security, sustainable agriculture and humanitarian aid. Counterpart currently manages a U.S. government-funded portfolio of $17 million and an annual distributions of $100 million in donated commodities, which supports community development activities in nearly 25 countries.

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