Programme Associate, Get Into at Youth Opportunity & Transformation in Africa

Advocacy & Engagement Lead at Youth Opportunity & Transformation in Africa

Position: Programme Associate, Get Into

No. of Positions 1

Sector: Programme Administration

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Contract Duration: Until March 2024; renewable

Open to Expatriates: No

Reports to: Programme Manager, Get Into

Start Date: Immediately

Location: East Legon, Accra

About us:

Youth Opportunity & Transformation in Africa (YOTA) is an ECOSOC-accredited NGO at the forefront of youth development policy, practice and research in Ghana. For more than 15 years, we have delivered tailored skills to young people, leading to improvements in their leadership, financial literacy, entrepreneurship and life planning skills. Through our service delivery, we have provided education, skills training, and technical support to thousands of youth and helped them transition to self and wage employment. Our research has contributed to filling the gap in youth data and the evidence base for public policy. And, we continue to use our national appeal and grassroots constituency, through our Voices of Youth Coalition, to advocate and campaign for youth-inclusive policies at all levels.

Summary of the role:

YOTA is collaborating with the Prince’s Trust International (PTI) to implement the UK charity’s flagship Get Into initiative in Ghana. We are seeking a fresh-thinking Programme Associate to support this programme, which prepares young people who are not in education, employment or training to secure placements in the private sector. The programme in Ghana focuses on opportunities in hospitality and other thriving sectors of the Ghanaian economy. In addition to backstopping the development of the systems required for implementing and monitoring delivery of programme offerings, the Programme Associate will support the building and enabling of a community of partners and participants for the effective implementation of programme activities. The Programme Associate will support the programme’s strategy for internal and external communications, media and publicity, promotions and stakeholder engagement. To succeed in this role, you will require experience engaging with strategies for programme success, building and managing partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders, and working with youth from diverse backgrounds.


  • Employer engagement – Support the collaborative development and rollout of an employer engagement strategy; conduct employer engagement activities, including but not limited to calls, meetings, events and networking;
  • Young people engagement – Work with Programme Manager to develop profiles of prospective youth participants based on targeting ‘Opportunity Youth’; deploy effective communications and mobilisation strategies to recruit young people who meet enrolment profile;
  • Training delivery – Support YOTA’s Skills & Innovation team to adapt curriculum, toolkits and materials for Get Into training activities by integrating sector-specific employability skills identified by employers; draft timetables for training youth participants; coordinate employer engagement in the delivery of training programmes;
  • Taster Day events – Help design and organise Taster Day events (half-day selection events where employers engage with and identify youth for placements) in collaboration with the programme team; facilitate aspects of the Taster Day events and undertake introductory presentations; participate in conducting interviews and post-interview assessments of young persons;
  • Celebration Day events – Help design and organise Celebration Day events – graduation events where employers, families and friends come together to celebrate youth participants who have successfully completed the programme;
  • Monitoring, Evaluation & Reporting – Support data collection and analysis within the broader M&E framework of the programme; during weekly partnership meetings discuss possible adaptations to programme rollout based on findings; jointly with the Programme Manager undertake a lessons-learned evaluation of the programme’s outcomes; collate the necessary information and compile donor reports and case studies; participate in regular meetings with partners to discuss progress, issues, blockages and jointly find solutions and reforecast activities;
  • Safeguarding – Contribute to maintaining an effective safeguarding system for the programme; join termly review meetings with partners to discuss safeguarding issues, ongoing management, best practice, and effective signposting;
  • Business development – Contribute to pursing future programme opportunities; work with the programme team to explore and develop potential future programme opportunities
  • Other Responsibilities – Perform other duties as may be required from time to time, including responsibilities which require work on weekends and holidays for which time off in lieu (TOIL) may be taken;

Person specification:

  • Relevant academic qualification from a recognised higher education institution
  • Understanding of the skills eco-system and how to maximise its potential for expanding economic opportunities for youth;
  • Knowledge of the hospitality sector and other key sectors with high potential for youth employment and entrepreneurship in Ghana
  • Experience developing and managing client and stakeholder relationships; experience working in diverse partnerships with local authorities, private sector, skills providers and government departments
  • Experience in project and budget management
  • Advanced communication and presentational skills
  • Strong analytical, information and problem-solving skills
  • High standards of integrity, honesty and professionalism
  • Experience in prioritisation and time management of own and others’ workloads to achieve utmost outcomes
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure, meet deadlines and targets
  • Experience deploying modern office applications, particularly Microsoft Office packages including Word, Excel and PowerPoint and CRM applications
  • Fluency in English (required); working knowledge of multiple Ghanaian languages (desired)

Salary & benefits:

  • Competitive salary structure
  • Accra Cost of Living allowance
  • 13th month salary
  • Pension contributions
  • Medical and dental cover
  • Group Personal Accident cover
  • Time off in lieu (TOIL)
  • Annual leave
  • Sick leave
  • Parental leave (maternal and paternal)
  • 2 weeks Christmas and New Year break
  • Professional development initiatives

How to apply

If you meet the aforementioned minimum requirements, click here to submit your application. You will be required to upload your updated CV and a cover letter. Be sure to highlight in the motivation letter how specifically you meet the qualifications, skills and experience requirements for this role. Due to capacity constraints, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Deadline for applications: Friday, 16 June, 2023.

YOTA is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organisation.

YOTA has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the organisation, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and processes, and discrimination. YOTA also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


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