FHI 360 is seeking a Workforce Development Lead for the anticipated USAID-funded Community-based Jobs for Peace activity in Afghanistan.  This Activity has the overarching objective of reducing pervasive, widespread unemployment.

This will be achieved through three broad interventions including (1) creating sustainable private sector jobs in rural and peri-urban regions; (2) improving workforce skills for employment, self-employment and entrepreneurship; and (3) enhancing the overall competitiveness of Afghan value chains.

Position Description:

The Workforce Development Team Leader will lead MJP’s activities related to workforce development and TVET strengthening. S/he will lead identification of proven models and approaches that deliver market-relevant skills in both the formal and informal sector which will improve employability. Skills are defined broadly and can encompass work-readiness skills, soft skills, sector-specific technical skills, entrepreneurial skills, among others as needed by the target populations and employers.  Ideally, this person has served in a similar capacity for other skill development programs and workforce programs in Afghanistan.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree/Graduate degree preferred in education, human development, business, organizational development, public policy, or other relevant or equivalent field preferred; a candidate with additional years of relevant experience may substitute experience for a graduate degree.
  • At least 8 years of experience in workforce development
  • Experience with policy reform, particularly related to post-secondary education and technical and vocational training
  • Experience working with Afghan training providers and TVET institutes, preferably with experience in non-formal and informal settings
  • Experience in areas such as developing or improving TVET curriculum, facilitating communication and collaboration between education/training providers and business, working with TVETs to expand existing offerings, and integrating life and soft skills training into programming for youth
  • Strong analytical skills; experience in value chain and labor market analysis to identify critical jobs needs in industry, or related economic or population-level analysis
  • Proven understanding of needs to support job seekers, the self-employed, and entrepreneurs, particularly youth, IDPs, women, and returnees, active in the informal sector; an understanding of the specific needs of individuals in rural and peri-urban areas is preferred
  • Experience with successful private sector and employer partnerships, and preferably a strong network of employer contacts
  • Strong track record in developing workforce-related interventions that are gender-sensitive
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including communication skills (verbal and written), outstanding management skills (including ethical management), resourcefulness, flexibility, and creative problem-solving skills.  
  • Strong team player, with demonstrated ability to positively motivate team members to success. 
  • Fluent in written and spoken English and either Pashto or Dari.

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

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