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Youth Development and Employment Advisor Ethiopia Job Vacancy 2022

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: Save the Children
Closing date: 6 Jan 2022

TITLE: Youth Development and Employment Advisor.

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Programme Development & Quality

LOCATION: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia CO with frequent travel to the field


CONTRACT Type: National

CHILD SAFEGUARDING: (select only one)

Level 3 - The post holder have contact with children and/or young people frequently (e.g. once in a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more) because he/she works in country programs; or are visiting partners.


The Youth Development and Employment Advisor expected to apply his/her in-depth contextual understanding, technical expertise, and relationship building skills to define and deliver our strategic ambition of empowering adolescent and youth (A&Y) in Ethiopia. The role will lead strategy development and the technical design and implementation of high quality programmes that deliver change for A&Y in development programming. The role supports national advocacy and influencing, while driving strategic partnerships for new business development. He/she supports the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems to demonstrate impact, while sharing learning across our programmes, teams and partners. The role will work closely with operations colleagues and with public and private partners in Ethiopia CO, building their capacity and building ownership and agency of local organisations.

This role includes a focus on external representation include but not limited to on policy and strategic issues of A&Y economic empowerment, related policy and programme advocacy platforms and workshops, strategic partnership engagement, donor communications, A&Y inclusive programming, market-based programming.


Reports to: FSL and Resilience Thematic Director

Staff reporting to this post: No direct reports but expected to provide technical support, coaching and mentoring to operational and other technical colleagues and local partners.

Budget Responsibilities: None

Role Dimensions: The role is expected to foster relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders including Save the Children members, the Country Office Programme Development & Quality team, advocacy colleagues, Regional Advisors, technical counterparts in other organisation, donors, academia etc. The role is also expected to engage with internal technical working groups and communities of practice.

Context: Mainly Development but Humanitarian when need aroused.

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY: with expected level of effort

  1. Technical Leadership: 5%
  • Provide technical leadership in relation to Youth economic empowerment and development for the Country Office, and set the strategic approach in relation to the wider country strategy.
  • Build capacity of national staff and partners in key technical approaches related to A&Y empowerment particularly in building their economic self-reliance.

B. Program Design and Proposal Development: 20%

* Scoping of opportunities through members and donors engagement

* Contribute to initiation and lead the technical development of high quality proposals that takes into account the programing principles and quality standards of SCI

* Provide technical input to improve the planning through provision of up-to- date needs/data/information; data management and use for reporting

C. Program Quality: 40%

  • Technically lead the roll out of our key A&Y empowerment common approaches
  • Lead the design and support the implementation and monitoring of A&Y empowerment programs; ensure that technical best practice (including Save the Children's Common Approaches) is applied in collaboration with program operation units and staff
  • Lead the development and application of robust program quality benchmarks for all A&Y empowerment projects
  • Conduct regular joint supportive supervisions by using predesigned quality benchmarks and indicator tracking tools, identify gaps, provide on-site hands-on support to address quality gaps and ensure that improvement measures are captured into the automated system and adequately addressed
  • Ensure that gender, disability, resilience and children's and beneficiaries' participation are fully considered and are reflected in all A&Y empowerment programme design and implementation
  • Provide technical input to improve the planning, data management and use, training, monitoring, and/or evaluation of A&Y empowerment programs
  • Closely work with and contribute on the national technical advocacy platforms, taskforces, working groups and subgroups
  • Respond to requests for technical expertise from field offices and A&Y empowerment projects
  • Provide technical assistance to projects through on-site and virtual platforms as appropriate
  • Provide technical expertise for country interventions related to maternal child health and immunization and equity approaches
  • Take responsibility for discharging TE related responsibilities of PDQ as shown in CO's Activity Map document
  • Produce and roll out technical manuals, guidelines and tools to ensure the effective and quality implementation of projects.

    D. Evidence and Learning: 30%

* Extract, synthesize and produce high quality evidences and work closely with evidence and learning team in disseminating findings internally and externally including SCI

* Roll out the technical evidence and learning plans and agendas and produce and present high quality reports

* Monitor new developments in &Y empowerment technical areas and facilitate transfer and application of knowledge

* Provide technical leadership and closely work with MEAL and other sectors in strengthening Monitoring and Evaluation and use of data across all levels to improve program performance

  • Identifies emerging practice, pilot and assesses A&Y empowerment initiatives and advise on further scale up or modifications of ongoing programs
  • Exercise digital technologies in A&Y empowerment program, generates evidence of the effectiveness of digital health and nutrition tools to improve quality of health and health services.
  • Undertake A&Y community of practices sessions regularly for CO teams
  • Understand and apply cross-cutting issues of resilience, gender, child participation, disability and others to ensure their incorporation into program design and implementation
  • Ensure the quality, clarity and consistency of technical components of internal and external reports (e.g. programme reports, sit-reps, internal updates), working closely with awards, programme implementation and communications colleagues as needed.
  • Leverage and liaise with technical colleagues from across Save the Children, including technical working groups and centres of excellence, ensuring that learning from the Country Office is shared with others and global lessons brought back.

E. Networking & External Engagement: 5%

  • In alignment with Country Office strategy and leadership, engage in strategic positioning with donors, partners and government in-country, and ensure that Save the Children is a partner of choice in A&Y empowerment programming through national technical coordination and networking bodies such as clusters and working groups.
  • Strengthen civil society engagement focusing youth associations and agencies in national dialogues and policy processes as well as private sector engagement for inclusive growth and innovations through working closely with advocacy and child rights governance colleagues Ensure that the diverse voices of A&Y are equitably heard and represented in our scope of work.
  • Represent the program to National and Local government representatives, donors, partner agencies, etc. as required.

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)


  • holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • holds their team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in accordance with the context, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


  • sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own professional development and encourages their team to do the same
  • widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


  • builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  • values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength

  • approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


  • develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • willing to take disciplined risks.


  • honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity

The post holder must commit to work in an international agency that promotes diversity, equity and inclusion and fights racism, gender inequality and discrimination in all forms; and to model positive behaviours that demonstrate a commitment to equality and respect to all colleagues, partners and communities.


  • Bachler degree in the area of Business administration, Development economics, Development studies, Youth employment/livelihoods and related field of studies. Master's Degree is preferable


  • 10 years of experience of leading the design and implementation of A&Y empowerment programmes in the field of youth livelihoods/economic empowerment, youth skills building, labour force development, value chains, and job matching services etc …
  • Understanding A&Y economic empowerment sector strategies and policies in Ethiopia
  • Familiar with the role of public and private sectors in youth livelihoods programming, job matching, value chains, micro and small enterprise development (MSEsD), market-driven programming, youth skill buildings, business development service (BDS), etc...
  • Track record in successful business development/fundraising and implementation of USAID, DfiD, EUTF, SIDA, etc…, funded projects etc…and their policies and priorities.
  • Demonstrated program design, monitoring and evaluation skills, including designing pathways to sustainable impact at scale.
  • Experience of strategy development and planning
  • Experience of context, capacity and policy analysis, and influencing and advocacy at regional/international level in order to hold duty bearers to account to realise A&Y rights in securing decent sustainable jobs and incomes.
  • Skilled at networking, representation and partnership development in order promote learning, strengthen civil society and mobilise resources.
  • Able to generate and use data and evidence to innovate, deliver, learn and share what works and what doesn't work for children, A&Y.
  • Experience of promoting quality and impact through at least one cross-cutting area: gender equality and inclusion, adaptive and safer programming; child rights; disability; migration and displacement.
  • Significant experience in training, capacity building, and mentoring
  • Fluent in English and Amharic; and high level of English writing skills.

KEY COMPETENCIES - selected candidate is expected to possess the competencies shown below

Technical and primary competencies:

  • Leads the design and implementation of integrated A&Y program approaches aimed at improving youth livelihoods/ economic empowerment.
  • Skills in the development of quality indicators and bench marks to track A&Y projects are inclusive and meeting youth economic priorities with better quality.
  • Understand and analyse the market labour need, potential economic opportunities, value chains for A&Y livelihoods program design and development.
  • Solid understanding and mapping of the role of the private sectors in A&Y economic empowerment and job creation and developing and maintaining strategic partnerships.
  • Technical skills in the area of business development services (BDS) support, coaching and mentoring.
  • Skills in the development of training manuals, guidelines etc… context to A&Y socio-economic situations.
  • Develop and review TORs for consultancy and training services aimed to deliver quality outputs in line with the project strategies and resources.
  • Facilitation of quality trainings and workshops for project and partner staffs.
  • Develop and embeds best practices and LS4S common approaches in the design of A&Y programmes and policies to ensure scalable and long lasting impact.
  • Engage and advocate for evidence-based program approaches using platforms to ensure A&Y engagement in viable economic opportunities.
  • The role of digitization in youth economic empowerment.

Generic Competencies

  • Being the Voice of Children: Promotes evidence-based policy and public engagement that includes the voices of children and their communities
  • Advancing Equality & Inclusion: Displays a commitment to ensuring everything we do considers the most deprived and marginalised children
  • Building & Strengthening Partnerships: Promotes working with diverse partners as critical to delivery
  • Child Rights: Promotes the rights of children in own work and in work with colleagues and peers

Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI's global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Gender Equality Policies, supported by relevant procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Safeguarding our Staff:

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

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