Sunday, January 3, 2016

Youth Employment and Livelihoods Specialist, Tanzania

Youth Employment and Livelihoods Specialist, Tanzania Youth Entrepreneurship Project
Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International is recruiting local Tanzanian applicants for the position of Youth Employment and Livelihoods Specialist for the anticipated USAID-funded Tanzania Youth Entrepreneurship Project. The proposed objective of the project is to empower youth to become economically self-sufficient in the agriculture sector and contribute to Tanzania’s economic growth. The project is anticipated to align with USAID’s Feed the Future and have a focus on rural employment, including workforce readiness.
The responsibilities, duties, and qualifications are described in the attached position description. Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.
Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.
The annual salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits.
Interested applicants are welcome to apply by:
EMAIL: Please respond by email by sending cover letter and CV to and referencing Tanzania Youth Entrepreneurship Youth Employment and Livelihoods Specialist in the subject line by January 31, 2016.
WINROCK’S WEBSITE: Please go to the ‘Jobs’ link at and submit a current resume and cover letter referencing Tanzania Youth Entrepreneurship Youth Employment and Livelihoods Specialist by January 31, 2016.
Qualified Tanzania nationals, and other nationalities, especially those residing in Central/East Africa are strongly encouraged to apply. Winrock would like to thank all applicants for their interest but only candidates who meet all requisite criteria and are short listed will be contacted.
Position Description
POSITION TITLE: Youth Employment and Livelihoods Specialist, Tanzania Youth Entrepreneurship Project
LOCATION: Tanzania
DEPARTMENT: Civil Society & Education
REPORTS TO: Project Director
Position Summary:
The Youth Employment and Livelihoods Specialist will be responsible for providing leadership in developing the technical aspects of the program related to rural youth workforce readiness training, youth entrepreneurship, and connecting youth to current employment and apprenticeship/internship opportunities in Tanzania with a focus on agricultural productivity, agribusiness and off-farm enterprises. The position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.
  • Provide strategic leadership of all programmatic activities concerned with employment and livelihoods for youth, income generation programs/opportunities, youth entrepreneurship, and internships including:
    • Increasing agricultural productivity
    • Addressing institutional and policy weaknesses
    • Addressing production price disincentives
    • Increasing access to land and seeds
    • Improving access to fair markets
    • Strengthening participation and leadership of women and youth in farmer associations
    • Providing support for development of agribusiness and off-farm enterprises in targeted rural areas, including:
    • Technical assistance, leadership training and grants for young entrepreneurs—university graduates, agricultural laborers, and tradespeople—for apprenticeships
    • Product development and marketing;
    • Business plan development
  • In coordination with a team, develop and oversee implementation of youth workforce readiness and entrepreneurship work plans/targets, budgets, and reports.
  • Coordinate strategy and activities with any implementing partners, national and local government authorities involved in and responsible for education and economic development.
  • Serve as liaison with private sector employers as well as youth-oriented organizations to facilitate relationships with youth.
  • Manage and mentor staff in workforce readiness, youth entrepreneurship trainings, and connecting youth to market opportunities and networks.
  • Coordinate closely on data collection to measure impacts as well as track program graduates and employment opportunities.
  • Serve as technical lead in at least four of the following areas and supervise staff and/or consultants in the remaining areas: workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, leadership, workforce development service delivery system, youth apprenticeships, internships, youth-serving organization capacity building, job placement support, labor market analysis, microfinance, non-agriculture and agricultural off-farm market opportunities.
  • Bachelor’s degree required (MBA or master’s degree preferred) in economics, education, gender in development, or related discipline.
  • Supplemental training in workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, monitoring and evaluation, gender analysis/mainstreaming, microfinance preferred.
Work Experience:
  • Minimum four years’ experience working in projects promoting stable employment for youth interventions in areas including skills training, micro-lending, micro-savings, employment generation, alternative/additional income generation for youth, youth employment, community mobilization for donor-funded development programs required.
  • Experience working successfully with government ministries engaged in promoting improved livelihoods and education for youth, as well as experience working with the private sector, employers’ organizations, trade unions, or comparable entities.
  • Experience managing and monitoring integrated US Government programs and budgets strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in four of the following areas: non-agriculture and off-farm agricultural activities, public-private partnerships, enterprise development and incubation, vocational education/training, microfinance access, youth and women’s empowerment, NGO capacity building, and market-oriented workforce readiness.
  • Experience with public-private partnership building, working with labor unions, farmers associations, and youth.
  • Experience with skills training and apprenticeships for legally working youth 15-17 preferred
  • Knowledge of youth employment issues in Tanzania is required.
  • Strong skills in financial management, writing, monitoring and evaluation required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skill in English is required.

EMAIL: Please respond by email by sending cover letter and CV to and referencing Tanzania Youth Entrepreneurship Youth Employment and Livelihoods Specialist in the subject line by January 31, 2016.
WINROCK’S WEBSITE: Please go to the ‘Jobs’ link at and submit a current resume and cover letter referencing Tanzania Youth Entrepreneurship Youth Employment and Livelihoods Specialist by January 31, 2016.

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