Social Inclusion Specialist
Social Inclusion Specialist
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.
The Rwanda Youth Employment Project / Huguka Dukore is a 5-year project (2017-2021) funded by USAID. The Huguka Dukore activity will provide 40,000 vulnerable youth – 36,000 new youth and 4,000 Akazi Kanoze alumni – with employability skills by scaling up successfully proven Akazi Kanoze interventions, across 19 (of 30 total) districts countrywide, using a series of inclusive innovations that will invite more youth to participate in Rwanda’s historic transformation, particularly women and youth with disabilities. The HugukaDukore project will target vulnerable youth, defined as young women and men aged 16-30 living below the poverty threshold (i.e., those earning less than $1.75 a day), with educational attainment of at least six years but less than nine years of basic education.
The Social Inclusion Specialist position on the USAID-funded Rwanda Cooperative Agreement No.AID-696-A-17-00005 will be responsible for conducting assessments, developing strategies, and facilitating orientations and trainings to effectively promote social inclusion of women and youth with disabilities in HugukaDukore programs.
In close coordination with the Deputy Chief of Party, perform the following tasks, as well as other tasks that may be identified during the evolving implementation of the HugukaDukore program.
- Work with EDC home office gender specialist to design and conduct a gender and social inclusion assessment.
- Work with the disabilities specialist from Georgetown University (serving as a HugukaDukore intern during June-August 2017) to develop and conduct a disabilities assessment.
- Meet with Rwandan organizations and donor projects that are promoting social inclusion of women, and youth with disabilities – such as Uwezo Youth Empowerment, the Rwanda Union of Youth and Children with Disabilities, Never Again Rwanda and Human Development Initiative (HDI) –to learn about current best practices and to identify potential leverage opportunities for similar HugukaDukore efforts.
- Assist to develop a youth with disabilities awareness guide and provide orientation to private employers and implementing partners on its use.
- During enrollment of youth by IPs, develop enrolment protocols that take into consideration the sensitive nature of collecting data on youth and participants with disabilities.
- Design creative, non-monetary incentives to recognize special efforts made by private program partners and champions to place youth with disabilities, into internships and job placements.
- Develop strategies that support gender equality and women’s empowerment throughout program interventions, such as: Example strategies and approaches will include:Orient Implementing Partners and employers on how to encourage women to enter male-dominated fields. Include motivational or information sessions with positive role models, including men and women in nontraditional careers.
- Career counseling services to allow male and female young people to see the range of market opportunities for self-employment and upgrading along value chains;
- Both female and male role models and mentors in workforce training, encouraging girls and young women to aspire and develop the skills to succeed in the workplace;
- Work with the HugukaDukore Communications Manger to develop communications campaign aimed at encouraging employers to hire female youthand youth with disabilities;
- Work closely with the program team to ensure that HugukaDukore training curriculum includes information on gender-based violence and gender barriers within education and training institutions; Facilitate related training and technical assistance to staff and establish functional referral networks to gender-based violence (GBV) service centers;
- Orient IPs and employers on key issues related to accessibility of women and people with disabilities to transportation when designing the project, so they are not limited by lack of mobility or training taking place later in the evening, when they may not feel as safe to attend and be out in public.
- Orient HugukaDukore staff on the project’s strong thematic emphasis on social inclusion based on the key strategy development elements outlined above.
Qualifications and Requirements
- Bachelor Degree (with 5 relevant experience), Masters Degree preferred;
- At least 3 years experience promoted gender and social inclusion;
- Competence in curriculum and training design;
- Experience developing and conducting awareness campaigns;
- Experience in coordinating local Implementing Partners;
- Strong facilitation and training skills;
- Ability to balance work within a team environment while also working independently;
- Ability to prioritize and manage activities with minimum supervision;
- Demonstrated commitment to team work, sharing information and capacity builiding;
- Strong organizational, communication, computer, and interpersonal skills;
- Good technical writing skills;
- Fluency in English and Kinyarwanda.
Applications including Motivation letter and CVs/resume ONLY addressed to the EDC Country Director must be submitted to the following email address: email@example.com by Friday March 31, 2017 COB.
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