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Sri Lanka: Project Director, Sri Lanka Youth Employment and Business Start-up (YouLead!) Program

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POSITION TITLE: Project Director, Sri Lanka Youth Employment and Business Start-up (YouLead!) Program


DEPARTMENT: Civil Society & Education

REPORTS TO: Unit Director or designee


The Project Director will be responsible for implementing a high-quality, results-oriented program focused on youth employability, entrepreneurship, and vocational training. 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.


The Project Director is responsible for overall project management, supervision, administration, and implementation of a high-quality program. S/he will establish and maintain systems for project operations, ensure that all agreement deadlines are met and targets are achieved, lead collaborative initiatives with private companies, and oversee the preparation and submission of technical and financial reports to USAID. S/he will also coordinate and maintain working relationships with project stakeholders, including but not limited to USAID/Sri Lanka’s Economic Growth Office, Project Directors of other USAID activities contributing to the same project purpose, senior-level host country government and private sector representatives, subgrantees and/or subcontractors.

· Manage the Sri Lanka YouLead! Program which includes developing and overseeing annual planning; timely, high quality implementation of activities; and monitoring and evaluation of project implementation and deliverables;

· Oversee project budget and ensure that all financial activity is carried out in accordance with annual budget allocations, Winrock policy, and donor guidelines;

· With support from field and home office staff, prepare and submit timely and accurate activity, financial, and procurement reports to USAID and Winrock;

· Maintain close communication with USAID, reporting regularly for formal review sessions and providing ongoing, informal updates of program progress;

· Provide technical assistance, support, and oversight to local partner NGOs and CSOs and private sector partners;

· Provide technical assistance, support, and information to national and local government officials;

· Develop strategies for working with local government, private sector partners, trainers, and youth;

· Hire and supervise local project staff and annually evaluate their performance;

· Oversee the Youbuild volunteer program in close coordination with the volunteer coordinator;

· Represent the project and Winrock to donors, local and national government entities, the media, local NGOs, and the local business community;

· Other duties as assigned.


Successful candidates will have strong management skills as well as salient experience implementing youth employment programs, preferably in Sri Lanka. Specific experience and specialization in the areas of youth employment, entrepreneurship, and workforce readiness. Successful candidates will also have a proven track record of engaging private sector and educational institutions to collaborate on employment and employability programs. The Project Director must be able to think outside the box, solve problems, and build teams and partnerships.

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

management, business administration, or related field.

Technical: Applicants must have a minimum of 10 years’ experience successfully managing projects in the field of workforce development and/or higher education, with preference for 8 years or more in a

developing country context.



· Demonstrated strategic thinking, planning and implementation as well as training and human resource management

· Experience managing to the highest ethical standards international projects

· Demonstrated leadership and administrative skills in the management of complex, multi-activity programming, on time and on budget.

· Financial management, budget design, and budget management experience.

· Demonstrated success in motivating and supervising diverse teams of employees.

· Experience designing and implementing or overseeing monitoring and evaluation systems.

· Proven track record engaging private sector and educational institutions to collaborate on employment and employability programs

· Excellent ability to collaborate and coordinate activities with multiple stakeholders, including government, education, business, and individuals.



· Advanced knowledge of Sri Lanka’s socio-economic context as well as higher education and vocational education systems is required.

· Experience providing support to formal and informal education programs, leadership trainings, and local organization capacity building.

· Knowledge of US Government regulations, policies, and procedures or those of an equivalently complex international government funding organization.

· Knowledge of USAID and specific understanding of USAID Forward as well as youth employment goals under the Sri Lanka Country Development Cooperation Strategy.

· Demonstrated effective multi-cultural, interpersonal, and supervision skills; creative problem solving; conflict and ethical management skills.

· Demonstrated strategic thinking and planning skills, and experience with training, and human resource management

· Ability to think outside the box, solve problems, and build teams and partnerships

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

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

· Fluency in English is required.

Source: ReliefWeb Jobs

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