VSO Global Thematic Lead (Employment and Entrepreneurship) Job in Kenya

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Job Title: Global Thematic Lead – Employment and Entrepreneurship

Role Purpose: To shape VSOs global technical approach to employment, entrepreneurship, enterprise development and job creation programmes, and to provide effective technical leadership to a globally dispersed network of programme staff and volunteers who deliver those programmes.

Help drive forward our Livelihoods strategy and support improvements ¡n the quality and impact of VSO’s employment, entrepreneurship, enterprise and job creation programmes globally — including documenting, replicating and expanding effective approaches, in order to help more of the world’s most vulnerable and marginalised people achieve their livelihoods aspirations.


  • Leadership: Help lead the implementation of the Resilient livelihoods Programmes strategy and theory of action, with its assets and capabilities core, around which VSO is seeking to build a unique identity in its livelihoods programming.
  • Promote good practice: Ensure completion of the learning and guidance documentation work around the promising approaches identified in the resilient livelihoods’ theory of action.
  • Improve programme quality and evidence base: Provide support and advice to programmes to improve programme design and the quality of our employment, entrepreneurship, enterprise development and job creation interventions.
  • External engagement: Support the building of VSO’s external identity and reputation in employment and entrepreneurship programming.
  • Team work and building: Work as a member of the Knowledge for Impact (KFI) and Resilient Livelihoods Core Programme Area Team (CPAT), with other functions, as well as livelihoods programme managers.

Skills, qualifications and experience

  • Master’s in Development studies, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship or other relevant qualification or equivalent experience.
  • Extensive experience of managing and delivering livelihoods programmes and teams.
  • Extensive experience and knowledge of livelihoods programming, including vocational skills training; enterprise development; and market-led approaches.
  • Experience of securing external funding and grants, including proposal development. Evidence of understanding the challenges of donor and contract management and the implications for programme management.
  • Experience in financial management, including building a budget, monitoring and managing expenditure.
  • Excellent understanding and experience of project cycle management, organisational assessment, planning and M&E tools and processes.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills and experience of compiling donor reports.
  • Leadership and people management skills.
  • Self-motivated, ability to use own initiative, flexibility.
  • Strong representation and negotiation skills: ability to build and maintain relations with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Oral and written fluency in English, with confidence in communicating to a wide range of audiences
  • Experience of living and working in developing countries.
  • Able to travel, including work away from the home base for up to 30% of time, both within the country and occasionally internationally and some weekend and evening work.
  • Excellent prioritisation and time management skills.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should make an application through this link by Sunday 6th October 2019;


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Updated: September 20, 2019 — 12:43 am