- Kupondole Heights Road, Patan 44600, Nepal
Daayitwa is a campaign for economic empowerment with the vision of an enterprising Nepal where every youth has opportunities for a prosperous future. It operates three clusters at grassroots, government and global levels. It supports rural growth-oriented entrepreneurs to accelerate their innovations and grow other entrepreneurs in their local communities. Leveraging the grassroots learning, it collaborates with the government to conduct policy research and advocate for economic policy reform. Finally, it transforms these interventions into a global campaign that nurtures enterprising mindset in Nepalis by bolstering leadership capacity in enterprise ecosystem stakeholders.
Position Title: Project Coordinator
Project Title: Youth Engagement for Youth Employment
Project Duration: January 2018- October 2020 (3 years project)
Base: Kathmandu, with frequent field visits.
Start date: Jan 1, 2018 (1 year contract with a possibility of extension)
Weekly Hours: 42 hours (Full-time)
The responsibilities include the following:
Foster youth civic engagement and facilitate grassroots advocacy campaigns of Young Innovation Leaders from diverse ethnic, gender, geographic and professional backgrounds to tackle the youth employment issues in Palpa, Butwal and Kathmandu
Foster knowledge harvesting and strengthen stakeholder engagement to achieve collective advocacy goals.
Facilitate field research on youth employment and grow an action-oriented momentum about youth employment issues in the field.
Engage policy and practice stakeholders, such as bureaucracy, politics, private sector, and civil society, for favourable policy reforms or against harmful societal norms
Organize leadership discussion series at local, provincial and federal levels to bring together youth and public leaders for learning and collaboration
Liaise with the management team for the timely implementation of the project and increase efficiency and deliver result.
Must have a bachelor’s degree in Development Studies or Community Development, Social Work, Project Management, Humanities and Communication. Master’s degree preferred.
3-5 years of experience in youth issues, particularly on youth employment. Proven track record in coordinating advocacy, campaigns, and multi-stakeholder consultations and engagement.
Ability to work effectively under pressure in a diverse, team-oriented environment
Strong motivation, self-starter and organizational/time management skills
Proven ability to handle multiple tasks at a time within deadlines
Willingness to learn and work hard
Excellent oral and written communications skills in English and Nepali
Nepal strives to graduate from LDC to developing country status in 2022, youth, who are a demographic majority, can be a critical engine for accelerating change. However, Nepalese youth face high unemployment rate of 46% and the 400,000 youth that consequently seek foreign labor permits every year risk not finding equitable and gainful employment abroad. In fact, limited domestic job opportunities have driven some youth to take up entrepreneurship as a survival strategy. In addressing these aforementioned youth employment challenges, it is critical to treat youth not just as beneficiaries but also advocates, agents and actors of the development process. The ‘’Youth Engagement for Youth Employment’’ project operates based on the following theory of change: if innovation and leadership capability of youth is enhanced, they will productively tackle policy and practice barriers to youth employment through reform campaigns, thus becoming better advocates, agents and actors for development processes in Nepal.
Aligned with this theory of change, the major program objectives are to:
Develop understanding of supply and demand side barriers to youth employment
Build capability of youth to lead innovative responses to identified barriers
Support direct participation of youth in the development process
Harvest knowledge and engage stakeholders
The Program Coordinator (PC) will receive general supervision from the Program Manager to support this project. The PC will also coordinate in other ongoing civic engagement works in the Leadership and Civic Engagement Cluster.