The Head of the Youth, Employment and Skills (YES) Team will lead the thematic, strategic, and operational developments, and be the focal point for all matters relating to ACETs YES projects. S/he will lead the development and implementation of an ACET YES strategy, and co-ordinate and manage a YES team around these efforts. The YES head will also be responsible for the YES programs partnership development and management and will work closely with stakeholders from across public and private sectors to develop consensus around the ACET program and its implementation and help create an environment of trust and collaboration with clients and key partners. In addition, the YES head will lead ACETs business development opportunities in the fields of YES. They will work closely with the ACET research and advisory team in sourcing content and managing, assigning and coordinating activities of ACETs project with Partners with a view to growing the YES portfolio.
The YES Head will report directly to the Senior Director, Research and Advisory Services.
Areas of Responsibility:
Specifically, and in consultation with and as directed by the Senior Director, the YES Head will:
1. Foster ACETs youth, employment and skills vision and strategy within ACET and amongst partners and stakeholders towards attainment of YES program objectives.
2. Manage and supervise ACET staff and consultants working in the YES team and on the wider YES portfolio.
3. Develop and implement annual YES work plans
4. Maintain open and fluid communication with the partners and the relevant public and private sector agencies.
5. Coordinate activities of governmental agencies supporting educational and skills development institutions and/or various labour market initiatives
6. Work closely with ACET Private Sector Team to ensure effective coordination and synergies in the respective work programs
7. Maintain up-to-date record of available resources, including in-kind resources for the various phases of the YES projects
8. Lead the YES teams business development efforts and grow the ACET portfolio
9. Prepare status reports to ACET Management
10. Work with ACET communications team in public outreach, press releases, public presentations of the work and website development and content
11. Oversee project specific budgets.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Proven research and analytical skills and competencies
Ability to multitask with strong attention to detail, organization, time management and quality control
Demonstrated leadership, initiative, flexibility and work ethic
A strong and proven track record of effective people management and team leadership
Demonstrated ability to build and grow program portfolios
A strong knowledge of organisations that finance YES programmes in Africa. A proven track record of successfully working with these partners will be an asset.
Exceptional verbal and written communication and presentation skills in English. Good working knowledge of French and/or Portuguese is an advantage.
Excellent attention to detail and ability to deliver high quality work under pressure
Ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team
Good public speaker and skilled at facilitating workshops
Ability to handle both strategic and administrative tasks and issues
Good knowledge of educational and labour market policies, regulations and institutional and organizational arrangements.
Project management skills and knowledge of project management principles and best practices.
Ability to influence and good negotiation skills.
Good understanding of the political economy of African countries, with particular emphasis on labour market and educational policy spheres
Education and Experience
Masters degree in the social sciences (Economics, Sociology, Political Science, Education and, Business), Law or other area relevant to ACETs strategic activities and engagement
Extensive experience of working in Africa on labour economics or educational development, A good grounding in economic fundamentals will be an asset.
Experience working with African governments as clients on public policy issues
Experience managing research and advisory engagements
A strong network in the areas of labour or education
A labour economist