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Youth Engagement and Empowerment Advisor (National Volunteer) – VSO Uganda

Type of role Advocacy policy and research
Location Uganda
Application Closing Date
Interview date 28/6/2021
Start date 12/7/2021
Mode of delivery Working at project location

VSO is the world’s leading international development charity that works through volunteers to create a fair world for everyone. At VSO we pride ourselves on doing development differently. We fight poverty not by sending aid, but by working through volunteers and partners to create long-lasting change in some of the world’s poorest regions. We bring key stakeholders together to co-ordinate collective action, from local organisations to national governments. Our programmes in Africa and Asia focus on health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience, peace building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change that will improve the lives of generations to come.

Role overview

Working at project location – In this role, you will provide on-site support in the project location and/or VSO office, (full-time unless otherwise specified) for a set period of time.

Work closely with Balloon Ventures to build strong peer network among the Small Growing Business owners to come together and support each other to grow their businesses and create good jobs. The role will support youth peer network to drive youth employment impact and knowledge sharing towards creating decent work and promoting youth to influence other entrepreneurs to adopt meaningful youth inclusion throughout the program cycle

Skills, qualifications and experience

Responsibilities:

Working alongside the Youth Engagement and Economic Resilience (YEER) Coordinator, VSO Project Coordinator and CFYE Uganda Portfolio Coordinator;

• Support Balloon Ventures build strong peer network among the SGB owners who can come together and support each other to grow their businesses and create good jobs.
• Strengthen capacity of peer networks in steering best practices through sharing lessons and examples of their businesses growing through creating decent work and promoting youth to influence other entrepreneurs to adopt these practices.
• Lead engagements with SGB owners to understand their goals and desires and how peer support could meet these goals
• Design a peer network model for SGBs
• Organise and run peer network events to test the effectiveness of peer support
• Setup KPIs to measure the effectiveness of the peer network ,based on feedback update and improve the network
• Develop a report with findings from the pilot including lessons learned
• Develop peer support guidelines and training for Balloon Ventures’ staff staff
• Integrate YEER principles on meaningful youth engagement (ensuring youth in the lead, intersectionality and inclusion), Youth Empowerment (aspirations, barriers, asset building and peer support) and Resilience (dealing with shocks & stresses, future of work proofing, resilience building and adaptive measures)

Essential selection criteria:

• Academic background in a relevant field, e.g. youth work, development, programme management
• 5+ years’ experience in youth engagement/employment programming in livelihoods/youth employment including significant experience working with(in) the corporate sector
• YEER strategy/programme design, implementation and MEL with a clear focus on inclusion
• Sound experience in organisational capacity building and assessment, advising, coaching others
• Strong experience working in multi stakeholder engagement, developing and expanding partnerships and effective relationship management

Knowledge/qualifications and experience
• Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in social works, youth work and development, programme management
• Strong knowledge of Decent Work and Social Protection
• Experience in YEER strategy/programme design, implementation and MEL with a clear focus on gender inclusion
• 5+ years’ experience in youth engagement/employment programming in livelihoods/youth employment including significant experience working with(in) the corporate sector
• Experience of volunteering
• Youth engagement strategy/programme design, implementation
• Organisational capacity building and assessment, advising, coaching others
• Working in multi stakeholder partnerships, developing and expanding partnerships, effective relationship management
• Experience in the informal work Sector, NGOs relating to Social Protection and decent work

Skills/Abilities:

• Experience in working with people from diverse backgrounds
• Good report writing skills
. Ability to work independently
• Ability to maintain good working relationships
• Curiosity and desire to learn and share knowledge.
• Fluency in written and verbal English

Desired selection criteria:
• experience in promoting peer networks
• knowledge of the youth policy discourse in Uganda and streamlining youth engagement through dialogues and engagement with relevant stakeholders

Competencies and Behaviour
At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee, or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:
• Ability to be open minded and respectful
• Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations
• Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
• Ability to seek and share knowledge

Equal Opportunities
VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.

Allowance

As a VSO volunteer, you will be sharing your skills with local communities on a full time basis. VSO will cover your travel, vaccinations, accommodation, and medical insurance costs, along with a local living allowance which will be paid in local currency. This allowance meets reasonable living expenses in country, but will not be enough to send money home. You will also receive some financial support to contribute to your on-going expenses at home.

Accommodation

VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which means accommodation varies and will be basic.

Some background about VSO

Much has changed since VSO started 60 years ago. We’ve gone from being a UK charity to a truly global development organisation. In 2016/2017 alone, we worked with over 7,000 volunteers from all over the world and from all backgrounds to deliver services that had an impact on the lives of almost 2.6 million people in the 24 countries where we work. Our programmes focus on the areas of health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We believe progress is only possible when we work together and that strong partnerships are crucial to delivering positive change. That’s why we work with over 500 partner organisations, from local and national governments, to businesses, NGOs, funders, charities and community groups. Currently, over 30% of our people are recruited from within the country in which they work, and we continue to grow the share of community and national volunteers involved in our programmes. We also send increasing numbers of volunteers from one developing country to another. However, our vision has remained the same; to build a world without poverty.

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