Save The Children Youth Livelihoods Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

Save The Children Youth Livelihoods Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Id: 216100

Category: Development and Project Management, Education
Location: Addis Ababa
Career Level: Managerial Level (Manager, Supervisor, Director)
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: As per the scale of the organization

Job Description

Role Purpose:

Save the Children is seeking a Youth Livelihoods Specialist for a five-year USAID-funded program providing youth with training, coaching and social capacity building for empowerment to increase their income and self-reliance in Ethiopia.

The anticipated program will build the capacity of national and local institutions to deliver demand-driven soft and hard skills training.

Several key objectives will include: allowing youth to increase their incomes and quality of employment including family livelihoods as well as authorize local institutions to prepare youth for work by increasing their ability to coordinate among service providers, to improve the quality of services tied to market demands, and to target and meet the needs of under-served youth, including young women.

In addition to working on the demand-driven skills development, the program will focus on inclusive economic growth activities and scaling through government and private sector systems.

The Youth Livelihoods Specialist will be responsible for the overall strategic planning, coordination and technical guidance to the livelihood and economic growth activities portions of the program.

They will ensure that the direct and indirect livelihoods intervention is of the highest technical quality, that monitoring processes are in place, that reporting is high-quality and timely, and that the program is continually assessed and solutions quickly put in place for any changes in local context.

The focus on youth is critical and this person will be working with community leaders, government leaders and the support team. The Specialist will ensure effective implementation and communication on the progress of the program to local authorities and others humanitarian actors.

This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding

Scope of Role:

Reports to: Deputy COP, Programs

Dimensions: Save the Children works in -- regions in Ethiopia with a current staff complement of approximately 1,740 staff and current expenditure of approximately $90+ million each year.

Key Areas of Accountability:

  • Provide technical, programmatic, operational, and managerial oversight to the assigned livelihood activities
  • Provide technical support to the field teams and mentor senior staff in the design of youth and livelihoods activities, including cash transfer modalities, farming methods, income generating activities and job training/entrepreneurship.
  • Tailor technical and soft skills training to increase wages and viable livelihoods prospects
  • Build management capacity for program implementation and support
  • Review project reports and annual implementation plans and contribute to regional and national strategic planning
  • Ensure that program management meets USAID’s programmatic, administrative and financial standards and requirements

    Skills and Behaviours (our Values in Practice)


  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved


  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same

  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others

  • Future orientated, thinks strategically


  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters

  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength

  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions

  • Willing to take disciplined risks


    Honest, encourages openness
    and transparency

    Job Requirements

    In order to be successful you will bring/have:

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree or preferably Master’s degree in International Development, youth programs, workforce development, education or related field of study

  • Minimum of eight years’ relevant experience working on workforce development or livelihoods programs and/or private sector development in the Horn of Africa
  • Proven ability in promoting and collaborating with multi-level stakeholders

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English

    What’s in It for You

  • Meaningful work, with a knowledge that you are changing the lives of children all around the world
  • A family friendly work environment
  • Highly collaborative and innovative teams
  • Generous paid vacation days, holidays, family leave days, and sick time
  • Healthcare plans including medical, dental, and life insurance
  • Retirement savings account with matching company contributions
  • Structured and formalized management development and coaching programs for mid and senior level managers Extensive e-learning opportunities on a variety of topics offered through our affiliation with several prestigious universities and with the American

    We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector.

    This role is offered on the basis of national terms and conditions only.

    The Organisation

    We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection.

    We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

    We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

    We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.

    We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

    Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom Save the Children is in contact.

    All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse.

    In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse.

    All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation. Any violations of this policy will be treated as a serious issue.  

    We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.

    How to Apply

    Application Information:

    Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

    We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

    All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

    Save The Children Youth Livelihoods Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

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