ChildFund International has been serving children and youth, and their families and communities, in Timor-Leste for over 20 years. ChildFund is looking for a motivated, committed, and experienced person to fill in a short-term vacancy (3 months) in its Youth Employment Project. The project runs until October 2017 and is funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade through ChildFund New Zealand.
Job Title: Project Officer for Youth Employment Project (temporary, as maternity leave cover)
Location: Based in Dili with frequent travel to Suai, Covalima and Maliana, Bobonaro
Reporting to: Project Manager for Youth Employment Project
Duration: 3 months (mid-June until mid-September 2016)
Internal: Project Manager; Project Field Officers; Youth Program Officer; Other ChildFund Staff
External: Staff of Implementing Partners in target areas; Training providers (TIBAR, ETDA, CTC Salele, IADE, Don Bosco, etc.); Ministry of Youth; other relevant government agencies and non-government organizations
Summary of the position
The Youth Employment Project Officer shall be responsible for the training component of the Youth Employment Project. The Project Officer will design, implement, and evaluate life skills training activities of target youth. The Project Officer will assist the Project Manager in monitoring technical skills training of the youth through accredited training providers, as well as link youth with various industry and business stakeholders for employment.
- Coordinate for delivery of appropriate life skills training for youth enrolled in different technical, vocational, and business training
- Develop and conduct assessment on youth’s participation in life skills training
- Develop and conduct post-training mentorship program to trained youth being linked to employment
B. Networking and linkages
- Map out industry and business partners for youth employment and entrepreneurship
- Link ChildFund’s Youth Employment Project with relevant industry and business partners to ensure employment of youth graduates of technical skills training and trained youth entrepreneurs
- Assist the Project Manager in building relationships with stakeholders (potential employers, ministry agencies, training institutes, INGOs, etc.) to link trained youth with formal and self-employment, and participate in discussions, collaboration, and policy advocacy on youth employment
C. Monitoring and reporting
- Monitor and mentor the project’s youth participants during technical skills training and while at the workplace
- Prepare and submit regular monitoring reports to the Project Manager
- Prepare monthly and quarterly progress reports
- Participate in other monitoring and evaluation activities to support project implementation
- Assist in the development of related project proposals if required
- Support other staff where required in developing reports and documentation
- Participate in department and general staff meetings
- Perform other tasks that may be assigned by the Program Manager or the National Director
Qualifications and experience
The candidate must hold a University Degree or Higher Diploma in education, social sciences, or development sciences. Minimum 3 years progressive work experience in youth employment, livelihoods, and enterprise development is preferred. Previous NGO experience in a similar position is required, as well as an understanding of Child Rights and Protection, and Youth Development.
Key competencies required
- Ability to conceptualize youth issues and appropriate youth employment skills
- Strong interpersonal communication skills, with the ability to work with employees at all levels
- Team player, respecting and recognizing value in others
- Self-guided, strong organizational and planning skills, with the ability to work independently or in a group, as well as under pressure
- Strong proficiency both in Tetun and English languages
- Ability to write reports in English for ChildFund and donors
- Analytical skills with the ability to communicate results in an effective manner
- Flexible and able to adapt to a multi-cultural environment and complex situations
- Willing to travel to the project sites in the districts
Method of application
ChildFund welcomes applications from qualified Timorese candidates, and prefers that the successful candidate can start in June 2016. All interested candidates should submit a cover letter in English describing their suitability following the above required qualifications and experiences. The candidate should include a recent CV, most recent education certificate, and names of three traceable referees with their contact details. All applications should be addressed to Human Resources Officer, National Office, ChildFund Timor-Leste, Rua Governador Lacerda de Maia, Vila Verde, Dili or emailed to JCabral@ChildFund.org.
All applications must be received by ChildFund not later than 7th June 2016. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.