USAID/Uganda is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Personal Services Contractor (PSC) – Project Management Specialist (Youth).
ELIGIBLE OFFERORS:“Cooperating Country National” shall mean the individual engaged to serve in the Cooperating Country under this contract.
“Cooperating Country” shall mean the foreign country in or for which services are to be rendered hereunder.
Opening date: May 23, 2022
Closing date: June 21, 2022
USAID/Uganda is seeking for qualified individuals to fill the Project Management Specialist (Youth) position.
The Specialist is a key member of the EYCD Office responsible for carrying out a range of responsibilities for planning, designing, managing, and evaluating youth programming across sectors. The Specialist serves as a technical advisor for EYCD leadership on policies and programs for vulnerable youth in Uganda, including innovations and new strategic directions. The Specialist has comprehensive knowledge of and experience with youth issues, with a specific focus on developing sustainable programmatic interventions that will improve the health, livelihoods, educational opportunities, and access to civic and democratic processes for youth (12-29) in Uganda. The Specialist will apply this knowledge and experience within EYCD and across the USAID Mission, including through participation in the Mission’s Youth Community of Practice, as well as with external counterparts in the GOU and with other donors.
Background: The Specialist is a member of the Youth and Higher Education Team in the Education, Youth, and Child Development Office (EYCD) and serves the ECYD Office’s local staff advisor and technical expert on youth in development. EYCD implements a $211 million portfolio providing basic education, youth, higher education, child protection, and PEPFAR/Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) programming.
USAID is renewing its Agency-wide Youth in Development Policy, while the Mission is updating its five-year Country Development and Cooperation Strategy (CDCS). Youth issues remain a top priority for USAID globally and especially in Uganda, where more than 70% of the population is under 30 years old. The previous CDCS focused on the ‘14-year-old girl’ as the emblematic Ugandan citizen, based on demographic averages in-country. Under the new CDCS, the focus on youth will continue, requiring USAID/Uganda to employ significant expertise in youth issues. Within USAID/Uganda, EYCD’s programming is developed using an ‘ages and stages’ approach, recognizing that one size does not fit all, and that development programming is most effective when it meets participants where they are developmentally. EYCD therefore, tailors, activities to address the needs and leverage the skills of participants’ developmental stage. The Specialist will support EYCD in implementing the Agency Youth in Development Policy and the Mission’s CDCS, in alignment with the ‘ages and stages’ approach.
To accomplish this, the Specialist will ensure that across all EYCD funding streams, the office applies a ‘youth lens’ to all programming involving young people from ages 10-29 years old. This includes promoting global best practices for working with youth, introducing innovative approaches to recruit and build youth participation in design and programming, and advocating for the best interests for youth with USAID staff and implementing partners, as well as with external stakeholders such as GOU entities and other donors. The Specialist will be responsible for maximizing youth outcomes within EYCD’s portfolio and supporting ECYD-funded youth integration in other USAID/Uganda sectors’ programs, including democracy and governance, economic growth, and health. The Specialist will demonstrate technical leadership on youth and collaborate with other USG agencies and donors, the Government of Uganda (GOU), and multilateral agencies on youth-related programs, strategies, and activities.
Bachelor’s degree in education, child development, social work, psychology, sociology, social welfare, development, or a related discipline is required.
- PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE
Minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience with implementing and managing programs supporting youth development is required.
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