Technical Director – Niger/Burkina Faso Bridge Youth Activity

  • Senior-level, Field assignment
  • Posted on 14 February 2020

Job Description

Technical Director – Niger/Burkina Faso Bridge Youth Activity

Longtime partner INGOs Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and IMA World Health (IMA) have founded Corus International to spearhead new collaborations and innovations across the global development, aid, public health, and private sectors that achieve transformational change and build self-reliance.

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is seeking candidates for the position of Technical Director for the upcoming USAID-funded opportunity, “Niger/Burkina Faso Bridge Youth Activity”. The Bridge Youth Activity will be a five-year cooperative agreement, with a budget between $25-$50 million. The Activity objectives include: 1) equipping youth in Niger and Burkina Faso with market-relevant skills to prepare them for sustainable livelihoods; 2) linking them to jobs, market information networks, and business coaching; 3) empowering them and their cooperatives to access and manage financial resources; and 4) engaging them and their youth groups in order to interact more effectively with local governance and community structures in order to support their own development needs.

The Bridge Youth Activity Technical Director will be responsible for the technical design for specific project components, providing technical leadership and training in matters related to youth, livelihoods, and markets. This position manages the project’s technical specialists, and reports to the Deputy Chief of Party.

The Technical Director position will be based in Niamey, Niger. Actual hiring is contingent upon successful agreement award and USAID approval.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate closely with the Deputy Chief of Party to ensure strategic program direction and the provision of high-quality technical assistance
  • Promote positive youth development and government responsiveness on issues most relevant to youth, such as addressing youth risks during migration
  • Lead and manage the creation and implementation of a high quality, innovative, cost effective and sustainable youth skills building, keeping in mind that although the technical approaches may be conceptually similar in both countries, the implementation may vary significantly
  • Provide technical leadership to lead the youth skills building for livelihoods strategy for the program, as well as support development of other key strategies focused on linkages to job opportunities, training, and managing financial resources
  • Provide technical and program oversight in the design and day-to-day management of implementation of skills building component of Bridge Youth Activity
  • Ensure the technical and methodological soundness of activities and, in collaboration with the project team and partners, support the design of service delivery strategies, based on sound and current scientific evidence
  • Work closely with selected local governments and implementing partners to develop their internal and external youth, livelihood, and gender programming capacities
  • Coordinate with the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) team to develop and implement gender and youth responsive MEL systems across project activities
  • Implement participatory and youth-led economic empowerment programming strategy
  • Support creation of an enabling environment for A&Y by engaging key duty bearers such as parents and peers as well as civil society organizations in program planning, implementation and monitoring
  • Implement inclusive and gender sensitive/transformative program approaches that improve girls’ and women’s access to and control over economic assets and resources
  • Collaborate closely with project partners and donor to refine and adjust technical approaches and annual work plans
  • Coordinate with project communication staff to catalog good practices and milestones


  • Master’s degree in International Development, Education, Psychology, Public Policy, Social Work, or other relevant areas of study
  • At least five years of demonstrated experience in youth-led economic empowerment programming and engagement in community structures
  • Previous experience working with youth in conflict settings or on CVE programming is critical, preferably with experience in both Niger and Burkina Faso
  • Extensive knowledge in youth programming, livelihoods, and gender equity and social inclusion
  • Demonstrated understanding and application of USAID Youth in Development Policy
  • Knowledge of social and emotional learning and its integration into comprehensive skill building programs for youth
  • Previous experience designing soft skills curricula and facilitation of capacity building workshops preferred, especially with low literacy populations
  • Strong presentation, reporting, and communication (both oral and written) skills
  • Leadership capacity and experience supervising teams of diverse staff
  • Previous experience on a USAID-funded programs highly preferred
  • Fluency in French is required, excellent oral and written communication skills in English preferred

About the Organization

Corus International heads a family of faith-based organizations committed to ending poverty and building healthy communities in the world’s most challenging places. Longtime partner INGOs, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and IMA World Health (IMA) founded Corus International to spearhead new collaborations and innovations across the global development, aid, public health, and private sectors that achieve transformational change and build self-reliance. We draw on the over 75 years of experience of our non-profit and for-profit subsidiary organizations –LWR, IMA, Charlie Goldsmith Associates (CGA), Ground Up Investing, IMA Innovations, and LWR Farmers Market. Together, we take a systems approach to grow rural economies, eliminate extreme poverty, ensure access to quality healthcare, and respond to urgent humanitarian needs in fragile settings.

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