Training and Employment Specialist

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 6 June 2019
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Job Description

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.


Program Delivery (PDEL) - Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The Program Delivery Team, contributes to realizing this purpose by: Forging smart partnerships and treating all people with dignity and respect; Applying organizational policies and regulatory compliance appropriately and consistently; Facilitating team spirit among colleagues and promoting the organization through communications; Influencing decision makers through focused, relevant communications; Continually striving to learn and share knowledge and find small ways to make the workplace more enjoyable for all; Cultivating and harvesting innovation; Contributing to the organization’s ability to think and act strategically at all times; Inspiring and spreading our desired organizational culture across the global enterprise.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Project Director, the Training and Employment Specialist will provide technical leadership and oversight of the project’s skills trainings activities for vulnerable women and girls. She/he will develop, implement, and manage the skills trainings related to labor rights, job placement, and other economic advancement activities. She/he will conduct regular project data analysis and identify methods to use results for program improvement. This position is contingent upon award.

Key Responsibilities

The Training and Employment Specialist’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Lead the development and implementation of the project’s skills training curriculum for trainings on labor rights, job placement, and other economic advancement activities.
  • Provide trainings and mentoring to partners and staff to ensure the implementation of strong programmatic activities.
  • Collect and analyze data to carry out tailored skills trainings, labor rights-related awareness raising, and economic advancement activities and to determine access to protection against violations of labor rights.
  • Work collaboratively with government and other actors to ensure successful programing.

Basic Requirements

  • Minimum a Bachelors’ degree in a relevant field preferred.
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ experience in a leadership position responsible for developing, managing, and/or implementing skills training opportunities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of skills trainings, including technical, vocational, and lifelong training opportunities in Colombia; preferability for vulnerable women and girls.
  • Understanding of gender mainstreaming and exploitive labor issues, including child labor, forced labor, and/or other labor issues.
  • Fluency in Spanish and proficiency in English is preferred.
  • Applicant must be national/local - must devote a minimum of 90 percent of time to project activities to achieve expected outcomes.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of human-centered design is preferred.
  • Ability to analyze data to carry out tailored skills training, labor rights-related awareness raising, and economic advancement activities and to determine access to protection against violations of labor rights.
  • Experience working with government and private sector actors to economically empower women and adolescent girls.
  • Understanding of labor issues and local labor regulations, including those related to securing non-hazardous, non-exploitive employment opportunities for youth of legal working age.

Pact provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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