Youth Development Specialist

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 4 December 2019

Job Description

Counterpart International is currently seeking a Youth Development Specialist for the implementation of the anticipated USAID-funded Youth Connect project which will seek to equip vulnerable young women and men in Burkina Faso and Niger with the skills, networks, and capital for increased strategic economic opportunities. This position is contingent upon award of the Program to Counterpart International.

The Youth Development Specialist in Burkina Faso will lead activities related to all four of the Program’s objectives as they relate to soft skill building and overall social and emotional well-being of young people. The Youth Development Specialist will be at the forefront of ensuring that appropriate skill building interventions, choices, and incentives for meaningful inclusive activities are integrated in the Program, especially for youth living in conflict areas and at risk for engagement in CVE. He/She will work with a range of stakeholders (civil society, government, and international and regional partners) to ensure that the Program promotes inclusion and contributes to violence prevention among vulnerable young people.

  • Work with partners to identify existing programs, resources, and materials that support youth soft skill building, social-emotional health, reproductive health, and CVE and violence prevention;
  • Promote positive youth development and government responsiveness on issues most relevant to youth, such as addressing youth risks during migration;
  • Facilitate youth’s participation in comprehensive soft skill building programs, including alternative education programs and programs that support low-literacy and low-numeracy youth, such as radio programs;
  • Coordinate events, campaigns, and initiatives that generate meaningful and sustained civic engagement among Burkinabe youth;
  • Lead activities in conjunction with local government officials and the business community that promote civic education and exposure to social entrepreneurship;
  • Organize scholarship programs and mentorship opportunities for young people, with emphasis on inclusion for young women;
  • Facilitate grants and technical assistance in support of advocacy campaigns, community service projects, and youth empowerment activities.


  • 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 advancing youth empowerment and engagement in community structures;
  • Previous experience working with youth in conflict settings or on CVE programming is critical, preferably with experience in Sahel, Centre-Nord or Est;
  • Extensive knowledge in conflict resolution, gender equity and inclusion, and human rights;
  • 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;
  • Demonstrated ability to perform at a high level and apply diplomacy skills with a wide range of stakeholders (i.e., national, provincial, district and local government officials, private sector, CSOs/NGOs, informal community organizations, youth, and beneficiaries);
  • 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 required;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English preferred.

Note: Only qualified candidates will be contacted

About the Organization

Counterpart International works to give people a voice in their own future through smart partnerships offering options and access to tools for sustained social, economic and environmental development. Counterpart's multi-sectoral capacity and experience offers beneficiaries direct access to in-house know-how in civil society and economic development, environmental resource management, health and social services, food security, sustainable agriculture and humanitarian aid. Counterpart currently manages a U.S. government-funded portfolio of $17 million and an annual distributions of $100 million in donated commodities, which supports community development activities in nearly 25 countries.

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