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SOLICITATION NO.: 72061518R00008
ISSUANCE DATE: 06/20/2018
CLOSING DATE/TIME: 07/19/2018 at 04:30 p.m. (Nairobi Time)
MARKET VALUE: $89,370 to $116,181 equivalent to GS-14. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.
PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Two (2) years, with one (1) one-year option subject to funding availability and satisfactory performance or better.
SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: Secret
STATEMENT OF DUTIES/POSITION DESCRIPTION
Youth, defined broadly as people between 10 and 35 years old, constitute more than a third of the total Kenyan population of 48 million and are a potential demographic dividend for Kenya. However, this large youth population will continue to act as a stressor contributing to destabilization and inadequate economic growth unless youth are engaged and supported by national and local institutions, businesses, communities, and families to contribute more fully to development. Smart and inclusive investments in youth directly, and through better functioning formal and non-formal youth-serving institutions, will help reverse youth disaffection and harness their energy for the development process.
Emerging industry sectors where skilled youth are needed include: information technology, agriculture, manufacturing, construction, extractive industries, and environmental conservation as indicated in the Workforce Connections Report of 2014. Other sectors requiring skilled youth differ by county contexts.
In addition, Kenya faces threats posed by terrorism, localized conflicts, and violent crime. The country has been subject to frequent terrorist attacks by militants, including Somali based al-Qaida and affiliated groups like al-Shabaab. Minimal economic prospects and opportunities, increased marginalization and inadequate participation of youth have increased vulnerability to recruitment into violent gangs and extremist groups. These factors were also identified as critical drivers for youth participation in the 2007 post-election conflict. It was noted that the counties with the highest ratio of youth population to total population (Nairobi, Coast, Rift Valley and Western Kenya regions) are the ones that experienced the highest number of post-election conflicts in 2007-2008.
The cross-sectoral Youth Assessment Report 2009 also highlights the significance of provision of economic opportunities for youth by indicating that approximately 800,000 youth join the labor market each year against an absorption capacity of a paltry 50,000 formal sector jobs. This leaves hundreds of thousands of youth without formal employment opportunities. The informal “jua kali” sector thus becomes the principal and default source of income for the 60 percent of Kenyans who live on less than $2 a day.
Kenya has a very robust education system with a National Enrollment Rate (NER) of 95.7 percent. This statistic masks geographic areas with low enrollment and completion rates. Furthermore, a decline in primary completion rates has been observed from 2003 to 2009 for youth aged 15-24 in the Nairobi, Coast and Eastern counties for females, and in Nairobi and Central for males. This is a worrying trend considering that when young adolescents drop out of school, they are more likely to engage in practices that undermine their health and well-being, thereby making it increasingly difficult for them to build the skills necessary for gainful employment. Lower education outcomes are also associated with reduced lifetime earnings that could have an impact on nutrition, health and education outcomes for the next generation.
Studies indicate that a majority of youth who remain in school are not mastering basic skills and thus are not adequately prepared to participate in the 21st century workforce. As a result, more than 2.5 million Kenyan youth are either unemployed or inactive. The disconnection between industry and academia/education curricula means that the private sector is not getting the workers it needs, and young people are not well-equipped for employment or enterprise. This scenario has frustrated both youth and potential employers, with a negative impact on national productivity. Current reform efforts across the education sector include a strong focus on narrowing the skills gap by developing demand driven skills training curricula that is competency based. These government-led and development partner supported investments in competency based training are intended to build practical skills required for youth to enter either wage or self-employment.
To address challenges facing Kenyan youth, the Government of Kenya (GOK) and its development partners have launched youth platforms, such as the National Youth Council (NYC) and the National Youth Bunge Association (NYBA). These organizations are attempts to unify youth to address the challenge of access to youth-friendly services and their participation in other development processes. In addition, the GOK has established funds such as the Uwezo Fund and the Youth Enterprise Development Fund to support young Kenyans. However, these platforms need support to build their capacity. Most young people are unable to access such GOK and private sector funds due to factors ranging from stringent regulations and little awareness of their existence. Many other youth lack national identity cards, a necessary prerequisite for many facets of civic adult life in Kenya.
In response to this development challenge, USAID/Kenya and East Africa’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) considers youth as a high Mission priority. The strategy envisions working directly with young people to improve health outcomes, increase skills for economic productivity and civic engagement, and develop individual and community resiliency to resist extremism and ethno-political conflict. The empowerment of youth will forge healthy, productive, and engaged citizens over the long term. With recognition of the challenges posed by a demographic youth bulge, the Mission does not view the youth of Kenya as victims or problems but as a critical part of the solution. Youth can and must drive Kenya’s progress toward responsive, citizen-centered government and a sustainable economy with shared growth to achieve the goals set out in Vision 2030, the national long-term development blue-print.
The Senior Youth and Workforce Development Advisor will lead USAID/Kenya and East Africa’s cross-sectoral project to strengthen the ability of Kenyan youth to contribute to the country’s social, political, and economic development. The Adviser will foster cross-sectoral collaboration and systemic, locally-led solutions wherever possible in alignment with USAID’s Youth in Development Policy. In doing so, the Adviser will operationalize the development hypotheses relevant to and emerging from each sector engaging with youth to support the Mission-wide youth goal: Kenyan youth are empowered and engaged in social, political, and economic development.
To achieve this, the Youth Project addresses three key development problems: minimal participation and representation of youth; minimal economic prospects and opportunities; and inadequate access to youth-friendly services. Addressing these issues requires multiple approaches and the integration of key principles into programming targeting youth. These include:
The Senior Youth and Workforce Development Adviser, Office of Education and Youth (EDY), will provide leadership support to EDY in the following ways:
The USPSC will report to and participate fully with the EDY Office Chief in providing guidance and overall direction of the development and execution of USAID/Kenya and East Africa-financed activities related to education sector reforms in Kenya, with particular emphasis on existing and planned new activities related to livelihoods and workforce development. The USPSC will be expected to work independently and with minimal oversight from the Office Chief of EDY, based on a general assignment of responsibilities. The USPSC will provide a work plan for accomplishing assigned duties and responsibilities, and will be responsible for daily management of assigned Mission-critical activities, informing and consulting with the Chief of EDY, Deputy Chief of EDY, Deputy Mission Director, Mission Director, and Embassy Front Office, as necessary. Within the scope of work assigned, the USPSC will have considerable latitude in the exercise of their duties, including program/project design, management and evaluation, and the identification and resolution of issues affecting program performance within and outside of the Mission. The USPSC will participate in oversight of the design and implementation of all youth-related programs/projects across the Mission; collaborate with other technical teams (including Economic Growth and Integration; Democracy, Conflict & Governance; Environment & Natural Resource Management; Health, Population and Nutrition); supervise FSN(s) in implementing and approving programs and activities; confer and negotiate with senior level Government of Kenya (GOK) officials, NGO/PVOs, and private-sector partners; participate in or direct staff participation in meetings with GOK officials, members of international organizations and other donors, private-sector representatives, and others to discuss program/project areas and to resolve problems of mutual concern.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
In-country travel is a requirement of the position and the USPSC may occasionally face challenging living and working conditions while in travel status. Some travel may require USG Regional Security Officer (RSO) approval.
The incumbent will be provided with the support services, equipment, and supplies necessary to perform the work.
SUNDAY PAY: Is not authorized.
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: U.S. Citizens.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The primary location of work will be on the U.S. Embassy/USAID compound in Nairobi, Kenya. No special demands are required to perform the work.
POINT OF CONTACT: Executive Office/Human Resources, Patrick Bii, HR Assistant, email at firstname.lastname@example.org
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
Master’s degree in a relevant discipline such as youth entrepreneurship or livelihoods development, international education, non-formal and/or other alternative youth approaches, workforce development, private sector and/or social/behavioral sciences;
Minimum of seven years’ experience in developing countries designing and leading youth workforce development and private sector-led youth livelihood initiatives and/or USAID youth programming and strategic outreach to the private sector.
The youth and workforce development adviser should have experience in designing and implementing tools and approaches that encompass cross-sectoral programming. The ideal candidate will have experience in both youth mobilization and workforce development as well as a proven track record in brokering successful public private sector partnerships to leverage resources and multiply the Mission’s investment in its youth portfolio. Prior experience in managing USAID-funded contracts and grants, particularly in the area of education or youth, is strongly preferred.
Demonstrated experience in developing and maintaining counterpart contacts and relationships at both the senior policy and technical implementation levels is strongly preferred. This includes contacts with host government counterparts, other donors, and USG agencies.
Native English writing and editing skills, as well as the ability to process information from a wide variety of sources into cohesive, polished documents is required. There is no requirement for local language proficiency, though knowledge of Kiswahili is desirable. Demonstrated ability in developing and maintaining counterpart contacts and relationships at both the senior policy and technical implementation levels is strongly preferred. This includes contacts with host government counterparts, other donors, private sector leaders and USG agencies. The position requires strong communication, mentoring, interpersonal, teamwork, and leadership skills, as well as the ability to prepare reports and technical and policy briefs sometimes with short deadlines.
The position requires strong ability in communications, mentoring, interpersonal, teamwork, and leadership skills, as well as the ability to prepare reports and technical and policy briefs sometimes with short deadlines.
EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS
Applicants are required to address each of the evaluation criteria on a separate sheet, describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education and/or awards they have received that are relevant to each factor.
Applicants will be evaluated and ranked based on the following selection criteria:
(Maximum Points Available: 100)
Education (15 points)
A Master’s degree in an area related to youth entrepreneurial or livelihoods development, international education, non-formal and/or other youth approaches, workforce development, private sector and/or social/behavioral sciences.
Professional Experience (45 points)At least seven years of experience in youth programming with demonstrated experience in developing countries. This time should include experience in the design and leadership of youth programming with specialization in workforce development and private sector-led youth livelihood initiatives. The youth and workforce development adviser should have experience in designing and implementing tools and approaches that encompass cross-sectoral programming. The ideal candidate would have experience in both youth mobilization and workforce development as well as a proven track record in brokering successful public private sector partnerships to leverage resources and multiply the Mission’s investment in its youth portfolio. Prior experience in managing USAID-funded contracts and grants, particularly in the area of education or youth, is strongly preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (25 points)
The successful candidate must demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of youth workforce development approaches and tools for development assistance. The candidate must be conversant and demonstrate experience in various youth programming approaches, project management, and US Government federal regulations and procedures. Knowledge of successful strategies to develop sustainable public and private sector partnerships to complement core programming is required. This level of knowledge is required as the successful candidate will be responsible for incorporating these strategies into technical documents required by the assignment. Prior certification to work as an Agreement/Contract Officer’s Representative (A/COR), and qualification to administer obligated funds under USAID contracting instruments such as grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts is strongly preferred. Knowledge of best practices for addressing the challenges facing youth (including formal and non-formal/alternative education approaches), human and institutional capacity building, and fragility and/or extremism is strongly preferred.
Language and Communication Skills (15 points)
Level IV (Fluent) speaking/reading of the English language is required. Kiswahili language skills will be an asset.
Notice to Applicants:
Applicants should carefully review the required education and experience requirements stated in this solicitation to ensure they meet the full set of criteria before submitting an application for consideration. Applicants meeting the required qualifications will be evaluated based on information presented in their application and reference checks. USAID reserves the right to obtain from previous employers relevant information concerning the applicant’s past performance and may consider such information in its evaluation. USAID reserves the right to conduct interviews with the top ranked short-listed applicants.
LIST OF REQUIRED FORMS FOR PSC HIRES
Once the CO informs the successful Offeror about being selected for a contract award, the CO will provide the successful Offeror instructions about how to complete and submit the following forms.
Interested applicants are required to submit the following:
(1) Offer form AID 302-3, “Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts,”
(2) An up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) or resume (no more than five pages)**, cover letter** explaining your qualifications for the position, copies of all relevant certificates and include three (3) to five (5) references, who are not family members or relatives, with working telephone and e-mail contacts.
Applications must be submitted electronically via email to Patrick Bii at email@example.com, with a copy to Natalya Komarova at firstname.lastname@example.org , by the closing date and time indicated above.
To ensure consideration of offers for the intended position, Offerors must prominently reference the Solicitation number in the offer submission/cover letter.Job
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