Create Foundation

Project Officer

	 	 

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

Project Officer

ABOUT CREATE Foundation

CREATE Foundation is a leading organization in the region powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In the region of Western Balkans we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future. Our Mission is to foster a thriving market system that values social innovation and market-based approaches to social and economic development, particularly with regards to individuals who are at-risk or disadvantaged. Our vision is that Kosovo and other countries in the Western Balkans and beyond are places where social entrepreneurship becomes a valued part of society and culture and is supported and encouraged institutionally across all three sectors: public, private and civil society.

PROJECT/DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:

CREATE Foundation and its regional partners are implementing a 36 months project “EU-IMPACT-WB” funded by the European Union.

The EU-IMPACT-WB is a partnership with five additional partners from the region that seeks to enhance employment and (social) entrepreneurship for young people in five Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Serbia). CREATE Foundation is the lead on-the-ground implementer in Kosovo but works very closely with its partners through activities that link youth to economic opportunities. In addition, CREATE Foundation is responsible for leading the Innovation work stream that seeks to identify, incubate, and scale business solutions to youth unemployment, as well as the Thought Leadership work stream that seeks to establish EU-IMPACT-WB as a leading project on youth employment in the Western Balkans, with the capacity to mobilize resources towards scale.

GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:

The Project Officer will take a leading role for the overall strategy and delivery of the EU-IMPACT-WB across five countries in the Western Balkans. S/he will take on the challenging role of balancing clear strategy and management systems with localization across diverse economies and contexts. S/he will function as the lead relationship manager with all key stakeholders including business representatives, private sector, government and CSO representatives. S/he will cultivate new relationships with private sector actors and others to enhance and grow the project.

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE

  • BA/BS degree in a relevant field.
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience setting up and managing economic development, youth employment or market facilitation Projects.
  • Knowledge of Western Balkans youth employment approaches
  • Expertise in strategic planning and management across complex multi-component Projects or portfolios.
  • Expertise on fundraising and donor relationships.
  • Excellent and patient relationship management skills.
  • Expertise working with corporate partners.
  • Excellent written and presentation skills required, for a range of audiences.
  • Excellent oral and written English skills required (including Albanian and Serbian).
  • Demonstrated expertise in working with the private sector to facilitate economic opportunities for youth or other vulnerable groups.
  • Knowledge of Monitoring and Evaluation methodologies and systems.

SUCCESS FACTORS

The successful EU-IMPACT-WB Project Officer will demonstrate an entrepreneurial and innovative mind-set coupled with excellent stakeholder management skills. S/He will be a doer able to step back to see the big picture while getting involved in detailed delivery processes. The Project Officer should be able to proactively cultivate relationships with the private sector and should be able to demonstrate strong organizational and managerial skills. Successful CREATE Foundation team members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability and thrive in evolving and challenging environments.

Expected start date: January 2020.

Duty station: Prishtina, Kosovo (with frequent travel to Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, North Macedonia and Serbia)

Duration: 6 (six) months, with possibility of extension until March 30th 2021.

Please send your Cover Letter, Resume and List of Referees with their contacts (in PDF and low resolution but readable format) to info@createfoundation-ks.org  with a subject ‘Application for Project Officer’. Due to the urgency to fulfil this position, the interviews will be conducted on the rolling basis.

CREATE Foundation strives to have a workforce which reflects a gender balance and a multi-ethnic composition, therefore women candidates as well as qualified candidates from the non-majority communities are highly encouraged to apply”

 

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