Youth Leadership Development Manager
Program / Department Summary:
Yes Youth Can!, funded by USAID, endeavors to empower Kenya’s youth in new and meaningful ways. Yes Youth Can! is an unprecedented program that puts youth truly in the lead of their own and Kenya’s development.
- Youth-led: Youth ideas, local knowledge and innovations drive the process.
- Youth-managed: Youth implement program elements (grants, investments, Youth Bunges, research) while leveraging mentoring and coaching.
- Youth-owned: Youth are in control of all decisions within the institutional structures as a result of fair democratic elections, using a bottom up, localized demand approach.
The Yes Youth Can! initiative comprises five implementing partners in six regions of Kenya as well as the national partner (Yes Youth Can! National – YYCN), which is led by Mercy Corps.
General Position Summary:
The Youth Leadership Development Manager will be responsible for overseeing the establishment of the National Youth Bunge Association (NYBA) and associated networks through youth participation, democracy and leadership.
Essential Job Functions:
- Provide specific oversight to the development of the networks and links of youth groups and youth-serving organizations to help them become economically and politically self-sustainable, while promoting ethnic tolerance.
- Responsible for day to day programmatic management, including budget, to ensure quality deliverables are met on time and on-budget, in coordination with the overall YYCN strategy.
- Regularly assess progress toward objectives and adapt implementing plans, as necessary, to achieve targets.
- Develop tools and use them (such as the Leadership Toolkit) to support youth identified programs that promotes and develops youth leadership, youth advocacy, youth engagement, youth networking and overall good governance.
- Work with youth leaders to facilitate the development of the National Youth Bunge Association (NYBA) and related entities to become a viable and sustainable youth-led, youth-owned and youth-managed association.
- Use existing and new youth networks to achieve inter-ethnic integration among youth.
- Work with the Technology Advisor on the establishment of technology platform for easy, faster and effective communication among mass youth groups and individuals.
- Work with youth leaders on developing county and national action plans.
- Map out a comprehensive engagement strategy and develop tools for the youth to engage with county and nationally elected youth leaders, YYCN at senior levels, with youth stakeholders, including but not limited to: national and local governments, financial institutions, NGOs, government-entities, businesses, and even proper dialogue with politicians.
- Provide overall management of subgrantees, consultants and subcontractors related to objective three.
- Provide timely reports on the project as per the reporting matrix for the project.
- Facilitate learning, experience sharing and promotion of best practices among youth and document these for sharing with donor and Mercy Corps
- Monitor quality, cost and timeliness of performance of all work performed against the set targets and deliverables stated in the YYC work plan for objective three.
- Supervise YYCN staff as assigned or hired.
Accountability to Beneficiaries
Supervisory Responsibility: TBD
Knowledge and Experience:
- University degree in Organizational Development, Education, Public Administration, Public Policy and/or other relevant applied experience.
- 5-10 years of professional experience managing youth programs in East Africa, with a preference for 3-5 years in a leadership position.
- Good understanding of the Kenyan youth context (culture, leadership etc)
- Applied experience using a variety of youth leadership development models and trainings within Kenya and other parts of the world
- Experience engaging with Kenyan media
- Relevant program development management experience
- Experience working with donors and host governments on development programs; with a preference for candidates with prior experience with the Government of Kenya and USAID
- Demonstrated ability to effectively manage a diverse team of employees, including managing both expatriate and local staff.
- Kiswahili, Kenyan Sheng and English language fluency required.
Living /Environmental Conditions:
Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit to a field posting. Staff are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and Mercy Corps’ policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
Should submit on or before 15th June, 2012 a cover letter, detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing three professional references (including a recent supervisor) to email@example.com
Applicants must clearly indicate on the email subject; “Application for the position of Youth Leadership Development Manager. Applications without this subject heading will be disqualified.