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Youth Employment Solutions Technical Specialist

The purpose of this position is to provide overall technical and project management leadership to Plan’s youth employment (TVET) programs across Asia. The post holder will be responsible for facilitating the oversight of targeted country projects for youth economic empowerment, with a particular emphasis on projects supported by the Australian National Office, supporting the replication of market-oriented TVET and ICT for Vocational Education (ICT4V). S/he will serve as the principal point of contact for technical management and guidance to defining strategic partnerships and expansion of pilot projects to scale. This will entail supporting the overall design, development, monitoring and evaluation of Plan’s youth economic empowerment programs and ensuring compliance with Plan International, relevant NO and donor requirements. In addition, the incumbent will promote organizational learning, facilitate new program development and resourcing, provide technical guidance to scale up and sustain programs, and represent Plan with donors in regional and global forums. The incumbent will also prepare detailed reports for donors, either for submission directly to donors or via ANO, to ensure fulfilment of reporting requirements for ANCP and other DFAT funds.

Dimensions of Role:

  • As an expert in the area, the Youth Employment Solutions Technical Specialist influences Plan’s decision makers -the country management teams, program management units, country program teams - on quality youth economic empowerment programming, and provides overall management and quality assurance for donor funded programs and strategic support to country programming quality.  
  • The total regional budget for youth employment and livelihoods currently stands at approximately $15 million, but is anticipated to grow substantially. The current funding covers programming, covers travel costs, annual network meetings and representation at regional and global conferences;
  • The YES Program Coordinator is not directly responsible for program budgets as that lies with the COs implementing projects.
  • The Youth Employment Solutions Technical Specialist is expected to provide technical assistance to COs, and to work with national offices, specifically ANO and COs to development new programs and resourcing for multi-year initiatives for country and regional initiatives to expand the reach for the sector.
  • The role will have a travel budget of approximately USD 15,000 over a 12-month period flights and accommodation for necessary work-related travel.
  • The Youth Employment Solutions Technical Specialist is also responsible for donor reporting for specific project including those supported by ANO YES programs in the region.

Typical Responsibilities - Key End Results of Position:Essential: Project Management and Technical Support (50%)

  • Lead the project management, monitoring and provision of technical support to targeted YES projects in the Asia region (including ICT4V initiatives) with an emphasis on those supported by ANO. Support to ANO-funded projects will represent 60% of the time allocation of this role and will entail as a minimum
  • Intensive support for the program design of 3 new ANO projects and appraisal of finalized designs as per ANO design guidelines, drawing upon the experience of ARO colleagues and the ICT4V tools currently being piloted within the region.
  • Serve as focal point within the Area of Global Distinctiveness (AOGD) on village saving and loan associations (VSLA).
  • Monitoring of project progress and financial expenditure against program designs, including in-country travel and review of quarterly monitoring reports for all 5 projects. Intensive support to projects in instances of low capacity or poor project performance, including the provision of targeted training to project teams.
  • Risk Management and the reporting to ARO and ANO of any emerging project risks, including any child protection risks.
  • Input into and review of DFAT Annual Development Plans (AD Plans) for targeted projects to meet the submission deadline to ANO of mid-June. Input into and review of DFAT Annual Development reports covering the previous year’s project progress to meet the submission deadline to ANO of mid-September
  • Provision of broader technical support to YES projects, particularly in relation to guidance on inclusion of marginalized youth, including young women, youth with disabilities and youth ethnic minority groups and, where appropriate, the development of common tools/methodologies to enable vulnerable youth to access market-led vocational training opportunities and VSLA interventions. New opportunities for developing new projects will be identified that enable scale-up of Youth Employment interventions in the region, particularly focusing on opportunities to leverage ANO-sourced funding bilateral, multilateral and private sector funding sources. Provide input to new project designed in collaboration with others.  Contribute to regional and global leadership of the AOGD and particularly Asian sub-strategies covering VSLA and entrepreneurship, ICT4V, scaling up, funding strategy and organizational sustainability;

Strategy and Learning (20%)

  • Contribute to regional and global leadership of the AOGD and particularly Asian sub-strategies covering VSLA and entrepreneurship, ICT4V, scaling up, funding strategy and organizational sustainability;
  • Contribute to development and revision of standardized M&E systems to generate common performance indicators which demonstrate meaningful impact and contribute to the region’s strategic direction;
  • Contribute to the development of tools which identify appropriate local employment sectors with sufficient demand for the skills that have been acquired; developing strategy and tools for identification and selection of suitable local training and business partners; ICT4V tools to compliment and enhance traditional face to face teaching methodology, develop cost-effective scaling up model and develop mechanism for following the alumni etc.;
  • Documentation is accessible and disseminated internally and externally through user-friendly and user-oriented channels;
  • Developed evidence base, incorporating research, baseline studies, mid-term and final evaluations of YES projects, specifically those funded by ANO and others implemented in the ARO region;
  • Strategic and operational partnerships established at country, regional and global levels:
  • Country and partner organizational capacity will be assessed and action plans developed to address knowledge and skills gaps;
  • Enhanced reputation of Plan as a leading practitioner and stakeholder in Youth Employment Solutions by donors, businesses and communities of practice; and

Plan International representation at national, regional and international forums.

Program Development and Donor Liaison (20%)

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  • Contribute to development and revision of standardized M&E systems to generate common performance indicators which demonstrate meaningful impact and contribute to the region’s strategic direction;
  • Contribute to the development of tools which identify appropriate local employment sectors with sufficient demand for the skills that have been acquired; developing strategy and tools for identification and selection of suitable local training and business partners; ICT4V tools to compliment and enhance traditional face to face teaching methodology, develop cost-effective scaling up model and develop mechanism for following the alumni etc.;
  • Documentation is accessible and disseminated internally and externally through user-friendly and user-oriented channels;
  • Developed evidence base, incorporating research, baseline studies, mid-term and final evaluations of YES projects, specifically those funded by ANO and others implemented in the ARO region;
  • Strategic and operational partnerships established at country, regional and global levels:
  • Country and partner organizational capacity will be assessed and action plans developed to address knowledge and skills gaps;
  • Enhanced reputation of Plan as a leading practitioner and stakeholder in Youth Employment Solutions by donors, businesses and communities of practice; and

Plan International representation at national, regional and international forums.Management Oversight (10%)

  • The post holder will play a pivotal role in ensuring the highest technical program quality. The post holder will manage key programming and influencing YES! Staff members including the following:
  • Program Quality and Research Specialist;
  • ADB Policy and Relationship Advisor;
  • Project Officer for the Girls Advocacy Alliance initiative; and
  • Young Professional focusing on Gender.

Dealing with Problems:

  • The Youth Employment Solutions Technical Specialist will be responsible for providing technical support across a range of operating environments throughout Asia, including post-disaster areas and urban centers
  • He/she will provide overall management, quality assurance and monitoring to ensure programs are appropriately designed, program quality standards and targets are met, and implementation is enabled through effective partnership identification and management. The Youth Employment Solutions Technical Specialist will need to adapt to the varying levels of country office and program unit capacity, and ensure that their support is pitched at an appropriate level.
  • S/he will serve as the region’s contract point for targeted national and multi-country funding arrangements and will support country office relationships with donors as appropriate;
  • S/he will also ensure that Plan’s CCCD and Child Protection principles are built into programmes including Plan’s special focus on marginalized youth, especially girls, youth with disabilities and other excluded youth; and, that there are appropriate linkages with other programs undertaken by Plan.Communications and Working Relationships:
  • Influence country program and management teams on the formulation and implementation of Youth Employment programs;
  • Network with key stakeholders at country and regional level, including donors, strategic and organizational partners in the field of Youth Employment to increase Plan’s visibility in the area; and,
  • Foster exchange platforms for Youth Employment teams in the region in order to ensure sharing of lessons learned and adoption of best practices. ,

Knowledge, Skills, Behaviors, and Experience Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives:

Knowledge

  • Proven knowledge of the latest issues, research, policy and practice in Youth Employment programming in a range of contexts. Familiarity with the demand-driven methodologies to formal employment approaches and entrepreneurship interventions.
  • Senior professional qualification on labor and educational approaches and/or related area, or equivalent professional experience in technical areas;
  • Up-to-date on latest M&E frameworks, baseline studies and evaluation models
  • Demonstrated understanding of gender and other factors of marginalization and capacity to work with project teams to undertake gender analysis and develop project-level strategies to address gender inequality and marginalization;
  • Definitive experience with ICT integration in education programs
  • Knowledge and experience in one or more Asian countries context would be desirable

Skills

  • Demonstrated managerial or senior level technical advisory expertise in the design, implementation and evaluation in education for employment/livelihoods
  • Experience in the development of workable guidelines and standards
  • Demonstrated facilitation and training experience
  • Influencing, representational and advocacy skills
  • Excellent communication skills operating at a distance and across a wide variation in cultures
  • Excellent command of English, both speaking and writing and prior experience in writing donor proposals and report

Attitude

    • Self motivated
    • Culturally sensitive
    • Flexible, adaptive while maintaining the big picture
    • Inclusive of others: gender sensitivity and inclusion of those with special needs is central to effective Youth Employment & Livelihoods Physical Environment and Demands:
    • Frequent travel within and outside the region (60-70%).Level of Contact with Children and Youth: 

Low contact:     Moderate frequency of interaction

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