Global Communities

Project Officer

	 	 

PROJECT OFFICER

OVERVIEW:  

Global Communities is an international development non-profit organization. Our mission is to create long-lasting, positive and community-led change that improves the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable people across the globe.  

Global Communities is seeking a Project Officer for the USAID-funded Up to Youth Activity, which will address youth vulnerable to social exclusion by mobilizing and engaging youth in meaningful ways to effect positive change. Up to Youth commenced its activities on April 2019 and works in nine selected municipalities in Kosovo to mobilize youth to be forces for positive change. The following are the three specific objectives of Up to Youth:

Objective 1: Mobilizes youth to be forces for positive change by focusing on identifying, recognizing and bringing together vulnerable youth who have the potential and will for positive change.

Objective 2: Develops and demonstrates life/soft skills among youth by preparing youth with the necessary skills to engage in meaningful ways and play active roles in their municipal and/or national economy.

Objective 3: Develops, builds and supports resilience partners in fostering an environment for youth to engage in a positive and meaningful way.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Based in Pristina, but through regular field work, the Project Officer will work across program objectives to coordinate and support the implementation of specific activities. More specifically, the Project Officer will: 

  • Act as focal point for the management team, to collect, analyze and report the field based data that ensure the best program implementation practices are implemented and guide for necessary re-alignments, which ensure professionalism within both the internal and external business environments of Up to Youth;  
  • Liaise with senior technical leads, the Field Project Officer(s) and the rest of the team to ensure that to coordinate and support the implementation of activities;
  • Assist senior technical leads in working with youth at the community level to hold reflective dialogues and organize activities (trainings, events, social change fund intervention, coordination meetings, etc);
  • Coordinate logistics and procurement for meetings, trainings, events and any other activities relating to the project’s implementation;
  • Build strong relationships with local youth and youth stakeholders in target areas;
  • Attend and support youth-led events in the target areas;
  • Support outreach to youth with disabilities and build relationships with all organizations that support Youth with Disabilities in the target areas;
  • Perform data collection activities in close coordination with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team;
  • Act as Mentor for technical field-based youth interns as they engage in assisting the team with the activities in the field;
  • Assist senior technical leads in implementation of various youth led participatory analyses, youth/community asset mapping;
  • Liaise with relevant stakeholders at municipal level, including local government entities to ensure meaningful participation of youth at local governance processes;
  • Act as a primary focal point to the Youth Support Network (YSN) cohorts;
  • Act as a primary focal point to the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) of Up to Youth;
  • Maintain all technical and administrative documentation on initiatives supported through the program’s Social Change Fund, as well as other program activities; 
  • Provide feedback and support to Social Change Fund applications, as required;
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Team Lead, Youth Mobilization

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

The Project Officer will join the existing technical team that operates both from Up to Youth’s office in Pristina, as well as field-based team who operate from the field offices in the target municipalities. Up to Youth activities are interlinked between the above stated objectives and therefore the team operate across all three objectives. Up to Youth is implemented by consortia of international and domestic organizations led by Global Communities, however the team operate under a single management umbrella.

The position is considered of a significant importance to the activity and therefore it requires relevant educational background and expertise in the field of positive youth development, and therefore we seek a confident and persuasive communicator, skilled in communication with a variety of people within different business, social levels and ethnic groups. Secondly, we are looking for someone with field-tested capacity to oversee and implement general support operations, conduct assessments, planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation. The incumbent’s ability to perform normally in stressful conditions and in changing environment is of paramount importance.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • University degree (BA) in social studies, business management, law or international relations;
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience and background working on, complex youth development programs. Familiarity with positive youth development concept is a plus;
  • Excellent communication and team-building (including experience working with multi-ethnic team;
  • History of working effectively and respectfully with local government communities, NGOs, multi-ethnic groups, international actors and other partners in multi ethnic setting;
  • Knowledge of strong English, written and spoken skills, Albanian or other local languages are strongly preferred;
  • Driving license and ability to travel throughout Kosovo;
  • Solid computer knowledge.

How To Apply

  • Please, send your applications with CVs and cover letters to the following address
    kosovorecruitment@KosovoUpToYouth.org ;
  • Please state “Last Name, First Name – Job Title” in the subject line of your email;
  • Applications will be accepted through 5PM on Friday, June 18, 2021. Applications received after that time will not be considered;
  • Global Communities provides equal opportunities to all applicants, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability, age, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, parental status, or political affiliation;
  • Interviews will be held using messaging apps (such as Skype, Google Meet etc.) or in person.
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