Scope and Objectives
The Kaizen Company is seeking candidates for the position of Technical Director – Youth Workforce Development to be based in Guatemala and to support the USAID / Guatemala Education and Youth Policy project. This project aims to improve implementation of key policies to elevate the quality of early grade education and youth workforce development. The Technical Director for Youth Workforce Development will serve as the project’s leading youth education and training expert and will oversee the design, management, and implementation of key basic youth workforce capacity components and interventions of this project. To strengthen capacity and coordination, the Technical Director for Youth Workforce Development will also lead stakeholder engagement with target GOG and other Guatemalan institutions, civil society organizations (indigenous and non-indigenous), and private sector entities.
Qualifications and Experience
- Master’s Degree in economics, business, international development, public policy, education, or other relevant field.
- Education substitution - A Bachelor’s Degree in economics, business, international development, public policy, education, or other relevant field with eight years of youth workforce education and training experience may be substituted for a Master’s Degree.
- Minimum eight years of demonstrated experience in technical support for programs in Latin America that work specifically to improve youth workforce education and training.
- Demonstrated expertise in the design, delivery, and quality assurance of a holistic package of youth skills development & employment services, as well as the capacity development of local training providers, employment service providers, and other stakeholders.
- The candidate must be demonstrably proficient (oral, writing and reading) in Spanish and English.
- Demonstrated project management experience.
- Ability to communicate (orally) in one of the Mayan languages, or experience working in a multicultural and multilingual context.
- Demonstrated experience in policy dialogue and education reform.
- Experience working to incorporate issues of equity including gender, ethnicity, and disability inclusion in education programs.
About the Organization
The Kaizen Company (Kaizen) is a development consulting firm that cultivates innovative, scalable solutions that address emerging market challenges and opportunities. For more than a decade, Kaizen has brought innovation into the world of donor-funded international development in Africa, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America/Caribbean, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.
In parallel, Kaizen has been incubating innovations to scale through market forces to achieve development objectives without the need for donor funding. Our proven solutions catalyze locally driven organizational and institutional performance improvements and establish communities of practice that facilitate peer-to-peer learning and the achievement of shared goals.
We leverage existing knowledge, technology, and new media, and local peer networks to support local reforms. Since our inception, we have provided support to more than 100 government, private-sector, and non-profit organizations in markets worldwide.