Palladium Group Workforce Development Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

Palladium Group Workforce Development Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia


Company Overview:

  • Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value.

  • We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

  • For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

  • Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children.

  • We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

    Project Overview and Role:

  • Catalyze is a $250 million 5 to 8-year program, designed to catalyze $2 billion in private capital, especially to underfinanced social sectors (such as education) and higher risk countries (especially low-income and post-conflict countries) around the globe, complemented by a cross-cutting inclusion of gender-lens investing.

  • Catalyze will provide services to many missions and bureaus that “buy in” to tap the Catalyze investment and pay-for-results project management expertise. Our aim is for investors to explore and find commercially viable opportunities and approaches to creating jobs, developing sustainable social services, tightening and rationalizing supply chains, and advancing inclusive growth.

  • Catalyze: Market Systems for Growth (MS4G) will drive private enterprise expansion to catalyze Ethiopia’s future economic growth and prosperity.

  • MS4G intends to foster enterprise-driven growth, especially among private enterprises that have high growth potential and the capacity to catalyze job creation throughout market systems.

  • MS4G will address systemic challenges, including building business development services capacity, creating a more conducive business environment, building the financial sector infrastructure and capability within private finance providers, and expanding the digital economy.

  • MS4G will catalyze private sector growth by improving access to finance and facilitating transactions through targeted interventions across market systems (demand, supply, and enabling environment).

  • Expanded access to finance will also drive change across the market system by increasing business revenue and necessitating job creation. The program has an estimated life of project funding of $55 million and is anticipated to operate for four years.

  • MS4G will promote expansion across
    agribusiness, light manufacturing, and telecommunications & ICT (including financial technology).

  • Across all initiatives, there will be a cross-cutting focus on women and youth, as well as a focus on ensuring that disparate ethnic groups and regions equitably benefit from the interventions.

  • The Workforce Development Specialist will support design and implementation of job training and placement
    activities for MS4G, contributing to both rapid direct implementation as well as capacity building for market-led workforce skill building, and sustainable. market system transformation.
  • This individual must be based in Addis Ababa. The Workforce Development Specialist will report to the Investment & Trade Portfolio Manager.

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

    Expected Outcomes

  • The Workforce Development Specialist will:

  • Support implementation of evidence-based programmatic interventions on market-driven workforce development, private sector partnerships, and entrepreneurship;

  • Support stakeholder consultation and ownership with students/youth by facilitating as necessary engagement across the MS4G Youth Advisory Board, private sector actors, Ministry of Education, the Job Creation Commission, and others to encourage broad engagement and capacity building in youth job placement;

  • Contribute to MS4G meeting all its youth training and placement targets by providing support and assistance as designated by the
  • Investment & Trade Portfolio Manager;

  • Under the supervision of the Investment & Trade Portfolio Manager, support job placement subawards as needed by convening periodic meetings with subawardees both individually and as a group, facilitating sharing best practices across the subawardees, and engaging with the MS4G monitoring and evaluating team to support validation of subawardee impact;

    Key Responsibilities

  • The position requires technical knowledge of demand-led youth training and job placement, strong coordination skills, experience in Ethiopia, proven ability to multi-task, strong written and verbal communications skills, and the ability to ensure coherence and consistency while under urgent deadlines.

    Primarily responsibilities include:

  • Contributes to implementing project approach to enhancing local capacity for empowering youth to enter the workforce (employment and entrepreneurship);

  • Supports stakeholder consultation with youth, including the Youth Advisory Board, the business community, government ministries, civic organizations, and others to encourage broad engagement and capacity building in job placement;


  • Supports provision of technical assistance and training to build local capacity in job placement;

  • Supports development of solicitations to achieve project objectives and targets;
    Liases with job placement subawardees; Supports development of job placement communications materials.

    Required Qualifications:

  • Professional experience supporting similar market-driven skilling and job placement programs in Ethiopia;

  • Demonstrated experience in private enterprise partnerships, youth engagement, and workforce training;

  • Evidence of strong interpersonal and teamwork skills;

  • Strong ability to communicate effectively and professionally in English and local language(s).

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Palladium Group Workforce Development Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia


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