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Sri Lanka: Career Development Specialist, Sri Lanka Youth Employment and Business Start-up (YouLead!) Program

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POSITION TITLE: Career Development Specialist, Sri Lanka Youth Employment and Business Start-up (YouLead!) Program

LOCATION: Sri Lanka

DEPARTMENT: Civil Society & Education

REPORTS TO: Project Director

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Career Development Specialist will be responsible for career counseling in a high-quality, results-oriented program focused on youth employability, entrepreneurship, and vocational training. The Career Development Specialist will work with staff and partner institutions to set structures and systems in order to provide career guidance and counseling to youth to help them plan and make decisions regarding work and learning. The four-year program aims to increase employment and sustainable self-employment of young men and women in order to support inclusive economic growth and development. Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Career Development Specialist will be the subject matter expert in the field of career counseling. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Work closely with the Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training to strengthen their career guidance division to provide career counseling and support services to youth;

  • Identify and create sustainable, youth-friendly, walk-in career counseling and support services centers in partner institutions, and train core counselors;

  • Work with staff and partner institutions to design successful strategies for providing youth with specialized counseling on career planning;

  • Train staff in career counseling tools, research, and methodologies;

  • Provide technical assistance and support to career development centers, local partner NGOs and CSOs, private sector partners, and national and local government officials;

  • Identify, adapt, and implement the YouLead! model with the Project Director and other staff members;

  • Conduct monitoring and evaluation of project implementation and results;

  • Provide training to career development center personnel;

  • Build partnerships with local government, private sector partners, trainers, and youth;

  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS AND BACKGROUND:

Successful candidates will be familiar with the latest research, tools, and methodologies in the field of career counseling. S/he will have specific experience and specialization in the areas of youth employment, entrepreneurship, and workforce readiness, preferably in Sri Lanka. Successful candidates will also have a proven track record of linking youth to private sector and educational institutions.

Education: Master’s level degree required in an appropriate interdisciplinary field such as education,

counseling and guidance, student personnel, or related field.

Technical Applicants must have a minimum of 5 years’ of successful experience in the field of career development, preferably three or more years in a developing country context.

Skills/

Knowledge:

  • In-depth knowledge of career counseling and demonstrated success managing career development centers

  • Advanced knowledge of Sri Lanka’s higher education and vocational education systems

  • Expertise in delivering training to diverse audiences with varying levels of education

  • Fluency in English is required.

  • Strong multi-cultural, inter-personal, and supervision skills

  • Ability to deliver effective presentations and write high-quality technical reports

  • Familiarity with multi-media and IT solutions in relation to career counseling

  • Computer literate in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software (Microsoft).

Source: ReliefWeb Jobs

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