Visiting Youth and Gender Specialist

  • Mid-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 3 May 2018

Job Description

Summary of Position:

AgReach at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) seeks qualified Visiting Youth and Gender Specialist candidates for an anticipated four-year USAID-funded higher education program in Malawi. The primary objective of this initiative is to increase Malawi’s skilled, employable workforce by expanding access to higher education, especially for vulnerable populations including youth and women in rural areas by focusing on high-demand employment subjects and training programs for increased economic impact. Over the longer-term, this will result in increasing economic opportunities for youth who stay in school.

The Visiting Youth and Gender specialist will be responsible for design and implementation of activities to enhance adolescent girls and young women’s accessibility to higher education as well as coordinating with program managers and staff to ensure that gender and youth considerations are incorporated into the design and implementation of all project activities.

UIUC is soliciting expressions of interest in this position and this position is contingent on funding. We recommend submitting your application ahead of application deadline.

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Liaise with local universities, secondary schools, partner NGOs, public and private sector employers and other stakeholders to facilitate gender and youth needs mapping and action planning;
  • Design and develop curriculum and ensure implementation of curriculum delivery, outreach, and skills development to improve adolescent girls and young women’s accessibility to higher education, retention rate in universities/colleges and employability, facilitate the curriculum process;
  • Work closely with grantees to ensure that the women- and youth-focused grants and activities are technically sound and address the needs of women and youth;
  • Provide ongoing technical support to in-country teams on addressing gender and youth issues.

Required Experience/Skills:

  • Master’s degree in international affairs, international development, public administration or a related field
  • Minimum 6 years of experience providing gender and youth expertise in similar programs;
  • Proven project management skills including project development and report writing;
  • Experience working in Malawi or in East Africa;
  • Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations;
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills in English

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Procedures: Interested candidates should submit their CV or resume and cover letter in English to: Please include the position title on the subject line as well as a note explaining your qualifications for the position. We will not accept telephone enquiries. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. All tenured appointments require Board of Trustees approval.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the university’s commitment to diversity, please visit

About the Organization

AgReach at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign works to improve agricultural, nutrition, and gender-responsive extension services and systems that benefit smallholder farmers. By supporting the development of people and organizations, AgReach stimulates growth, improves rural livelihoods, and increases food security in some of the world’s poorest countries. AgReach has worked in over 50 countries and reached nearly 15 million smallholders. An international thought leader headquartered at one of the world’s most prestigious universities, AgReach implements programs and develops research-based solutions extending the reach of information, resources, and people to key development stakeholders, including governments, NGOs, academic and research institutions, community-based organizations, and farmers. These efforts support advancements in agriculture, nutrition, and women’s empowerment so that smallholder farmers thrive.

Similar Jobs