Youth Entrepreneurship Specialist

Full Time Northern Region Making Cents International
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State: Accra, Greater Accra
Country: Ghana
Deadline: 01/02/2021
Qualification: Degree
Work Experience: Experienced
Industry: Human Resources

Youth Entrepreneurship Specialist Summary

Making Cents International is recruiting for a Youth Entrepreneurship Specialist for the anticipated USAID-funded Ghana Market Systems and Resilience Activity. The project will increase inclusive agriculture-led economic growth in 17 districts of the Northern, Upper East, and Upper West regions of northern Ghana through competitive, stronger, and more resilient markets.

This position is contingent upon winning a contract award.

Ghanaian citizens are strongly encouraged to apply.


Oversee activities that engage youth and create incentives for them to enter agricultural markets
Work with local agribusinesses; universities; and other market actors to support job opportunities for youth in the agribusiness sector
Design training, mentoring, linkages to support services, grant packages, and other tools to increase youth agri-preneurship
Oversee activities to improve vocational, technical, and business skills among youth
Build the capacity of business development service providers to provide quality, demand-driven services to micro, small, and medium agro-enterprises with a focus on youth
Support Access to Finance Specialist to develop appropriate financial tools and opportunities for youth to participate in agriculture markets
Support other teams to determine appropriate activities to support young women’s participation in agricultural markets
Serve as a youth champion within the project team
Communicate and coordinate regularly with project staff based in Ghana and Making Cents’ technical staff based in the United States
Contribute to project activity planning, reporting, data analysis, and budgets as requested
Other duties as assigned.

Bachelor’s degree in youth development, agriculture, business, or a related social sciences field
At least five (5) years of relevant experience supporting youth programs or livelihoods programs; strong working knowledge and experience related to youth engagement in the agribusiness sector preferred
Experience developing and delivering youth-oriented training, particularly in rural contexts
Experience building the capacity of service providers, such as MSMEs, NGOs and extension agents
Experience working directly with youth populations
Familiarity with a Positive Youth Development (PYD) approach preferred
Familiarity with current Feed the Future activities within Ghana preferred
Experience in Northern Ghana preferred
Excellent communication and organization skills
Excellent computer skills (MS Office Suite)
Fluency in English
Making Cents International is a results-driven women-owned small business founded on the principles of social entrepreneurship. Since our founding in 1999, we have been fostering human potential and promoting economic opportunities for disadvantaged populations around the world. We have implemented more than 130 projects in over 60 countries to date and are a trusted partner to public- and private-sector clients who benefit from our expertise and broad industry exposure.

Making Cents International is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.

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