Youth Development Coordinator – Opportunity 2.0

  • Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines
  • Full-time

Company Description

EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT CENTER (EDC) is one of the world’s leading nonprofit research and development firms. Established in 1958, EDC designs, delivers and evaluates innovative programs to address some of the world’s most urgent challenges in education, health, and economic opportunity. Our services include research, training, educational materials, and strategy, with activities ranging from seed projects to large-scale national and international initiatives.

 

Job Description

Project Description
Opportunity 2.0, funded by USAID, will strengthen second-chance education programs for vulnerable out-of-school youth in the Philippines. Opportunity 2.0 (02) will collaborate and work with national and local systems supporting youth in order to provide 180,000 youth with the skills and opportunities to improve their education, employment, and livelihood outcomes.  

Achieving this vision will require a multi-faceted, systems-strengthening approach that aligns the formal education system, markets, and youth “sub-systems” at the regional levels. This will be achieved by providing experienced project personnel embedded in government departments; further aligning the input of technical assistance; and maximizing opportunities to bring together the respective stakeholders to identify and refine synergies and transition pathways for youth, particularly between Department of Education (DepEd)’s Alternative Learning System (ALS) program and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Position Description
The Youth Development Coordinator (YDC), under the supervision of Youth Technical Director will oversee the work in Angeles City, Pampanga. S/he will coordinate and organize activities in the site and work with DepEd ALS, TESDA local office and accredited institutions, and the LGU to establish the Youth Development Alliances (YDAs), and coordinate youth engagement activities for beneficiaries along with the Private Sector, Technical Development, and SILC officers.

The Youth Development Coordinator will work closely with the local partners covering their project site – providing technical guidance and monitoring their activities. The YDC will collect data on activities and contribute to the project reports.

Essential Functions
The Youth Development Coordinator’s specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
- Support planning and conducting activities to strengthen the system’s service delivery, such as engaging local universities in DepEd ALS teacher professional development and, continuing education and career guidance for DepEd ALS learners, as well as, developing a pre-service ALS teacher training curriculum program for leading teacher education institutions.
- Support planning and implementation of a blended professional development training program for master trainers and DepEd ALS implementers, in close coordination with DepEd.
- Support testing of flexible delivery modalities for DepEd ALS program to meet the needs of diverse out-of-school youth populations.
- In coordination with the Private Sector Coordinator/Officer, provide technical assistance to the Youth Development Alliances (YDA) to support their capacity improvement in a) information-gathering regarding employer demand and self-employment opportunities; and b) continuous relationship-building with prospective local employers and industry partners.
- Support the YDA and the Private Sector Coordinator/Officer, in conducting annual region-specific labor market assessments (LMA) and using the results to inform programming and ensure alignment of youth skills development with employer and industry needs.
- Support the Private Sector Coordinator/Officer to build the capacity of selected TESDA accredited institutions in conducting and analyzing localized LMA.
- Support the implementation of a pilot program that combines the Be Your Own Boss (BYOB) curriculum with savings groups (SILC) and entrepreneurship accompaniment.
- Supervise and oversee the small grants component for local training service providers to help integrate Work-Based Learning (WBL), entrepreneurship training and coaching, private sector engagement strategies, and technical training into their existing programs and services for ALS learners and TESDA trainees.
- Lead activities to build the capacity of local youth service providers to offer and implement job/employment intermediation services.
- Ensure the quality and delivery of Opportunity 2.0 curriculum and skills training by youth service providers.
- Support and oversee the training of all stakeholders involved in the YDAs to understand, implement and measure progress against a holistic approach.
- Provide technical assistance to youth service providers and YDAs to ensure they use a holistic lens when conducting outreach to the private sector, youth-serving organizations and training providers, through EDC-led training/workshops for YDA and youth networks; and other capacity-building activities for city/municipal youth alliances including youth service providers.
- Coordinate and oversee the implementation of community mappings within their region including the LGU representatives, the DepEd ALS and TESDA, universities and TVET institutions, community-based organizations (CBOs), associations of entrepreneurs and chambers of commerce, representatives of parents’ associations, and other education stakeholders.   

Organizational Relationships and Employment Status
- Reports to Youth Technical Director
- Supervises Youth Development Officer
- Based in Angeles, Pampanga - Philippines
- Regular, Full time employee

Qualifications

Education
At least a bachelor’s degree in education, social development, or related field from a reputable educational institution.
- A Master’s degree or equivalent specialized graduate certificate from a reputable institution would be an advantage.
- Specialized training in non-formal education and/or technical-vocational education or related or similar fields would be an advantage.

Skills and Experience
At least five to six (5-6) years relevant work experience in a project or projects similar to Opportunity 2.0, with progressively increasing levels of responsibility.
- Of the above, at least three (3) years in a similar LGU/multi-stakeholder coordination role.
- At least 3 years’ experience in ALS, livelihood and entrepreneurship training, technical-vocational/workforce development programs.
- Experience in working with LGUs in Opportunity 2.0 project sites, or similar socio-economic-cultural context would be a distinct advantage.
- Demonstrated good facilitation and presentation skills.
- Able to work independently and in a team environment.
- Demonstrated capacity for coordination, networking and task management.
- Excellent people skills at all levels, cultural sensitivity and the ability to work in a multicultural work environment.
- Working knowledge of MS Word, MS Excel and preparing effective power point presentations.
- Willingness to work and travel in all project areas.

Language
Working knowledge of Filipino language and local dialect(s), and excellent English language written and oral communication skills.

Additional Information

Due to the volume of applications submitted, only finalists will be notified. No phone calls, please. Open to Filipino Nationals only. 

EDC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to enhancing the diversity of its workforce and ensuring a highly inclusive work environment. EDC is a smoke-free workplace, and offers a supportive work environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits.