The Philippine Youth Activity will work with the Government of the Philippines to support improved basic education and life skills for vulnerable youth. The project outcomes will include improved literacy, life and employability skills; strengthened local capacity to deliver education and training service delivery; and strengthened youth leadership and engagement.
The project will focus on engaging out-of-school youth (OSY) in workforce and community development activities, through provision of critical training and post-training support to OSYs such as civic engagement activities, entrepreneurship, and job placements. To provide demand-driven skills training and support the project will work closely with the Department of Education’s Alternative Learning Systems and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority’s livelihood skills training. The key components include:
- Convening key stakeholders including local governments, academia, the private sector, and national government agencies to address out-of-school youth issues, in conjunction with Out-of-School Youth Development Alliances.
- Strengthen life skills of Out-of-School Youth and increase youth civic engagement.
- Certify Out-of-School Youth with nationally-recognized vocational credential, improving employment options.
- Engage highly-marginalized Out-of-School Youth sub-populations across gender, disability, and other issues related to equitable access.
The Technical Support Manager will provide technical leadership and guidance to the program while overseeing implementation of youth empowerment interventions, and supervising a team of technical specialists in the areas of life skills, technical and vocational education and training (TVET), entrepreneurship, Basic Education, and countering violent extremism (CVE). In addition, this position will work closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL), Private Sector engagement and Communications lead to develop implementation strategies that maximize opportunities for integration across the program. S/he will ensure progress towards the project targets. S/he will also be responsible for coordinating with local partners and the Government of the Philippines entities.
- Provide technical input into project design, training, implementation and evaluation.
- Create/adapt best practice guides, manuals and other technical resources to ensure the quality of the programs
- Oversee Project programming and support the collection and verification of project indicators
- Oversee the integration of project activities across project technical areas
- Ensure that Project approaches are in line with the Government of the Philippines strategies and priorities for the sector
- Support MEL manager to develop a learning agenda and document lessons learned and facilitate their effective use to improve program quality
- Establish a strong relationship with DepEd and other stakeholders and coordinate project activities specific to the dissemination of best practices
- Participate actively in relevant forums and platforms with government partners, and other donor partners
- Prepare technical reports according to agreement requirements
Staff development and supervision
- Supervises the Project technical team
- Carries out orientations, regular performance coaching and staff performance appraisals
- Holds regular technical staff meetings to foster strong teamwork, creative problem solving, communication and holistic thinking.
- Assists with staff training and development.
- Fosters an environment that promotes coordinated and comprehensive effort amongst partners.
Coordination and Communication:
- Serves as a member of the Project senior management team.
- Coordinate with other peers all activities in support of the Project.
- Undertake donor liaison in the field as required in support of senior management.
- Mediate as necessary among local actors during project life.
- Ensure systems are in place for the proper documentation of meetings and timely circulation of resulting information/outcomes.
- Masters or PhD degree in Education, in Public Policy, Administration, International Development or a relevant field.
- Minimum of 10 years’ experience working on education and youth empowerment in a technical capacity
- Proven experience in program areas of education, as well as life skills and TechVoc
- Demonstrated ability to strategically lead high quality technical staff
- Knowledge of USAID and USG grant regulations and procedures,
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English required
- First-hand experience working with Government partners, and local community structures.
- Experience in establishing MEAL systems and conducting participative research of qualitative and quantitative nature, a plus
- Have strong representation, negotiation and diplomatic skills
- Be a strong team player, be able to inspire staff and have the ability to coach staff as a mentor, and have highly developed interpersonal and multicultural skills.
- Be a good listener, have the ability to solicit diverse and counter perspectives, yet be a decisive leader.
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