Technical Specialist – Youth Economic Empowerment – Mogadishu, Hargeisa, Garowe

Save the Children International

Technical Specialist – Youth Economic Empowerment – Mogadishu, Hargeisa, Garowe


Closing date: Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Technical Specialist – Youth Economic Empowerment – ( 210003H3 )


Technical Specialist, Youth Economic Empowerment – Somalia Country Office

The Youth Economic Empowerment Technical Specialist is a senior position that will support technical quality across a portfolio of projects in the Child Poverty Reduction Department, employing various types of economic strengthening approaches for adolescents and young people, including promotion of employment, employability, transferable life skills, entrepreneurship, and financial capability. In the face of a rapidly changing climate, central to this role is the promotion of climate resilient skills development, transitions from traditional rural livelihoods to more resilient urban livelihoods and green jobs. This role will also make strong contributions to promoting and ensuring gender equality and all forms of inclusion in all engagements with adolescents and youth. This is an exciting portfolio that requires creativity and leadership as it grows rapidly.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

Contract Duration : 1-year renewable

Location : Somalia/Somaliland – Flexible (Mogadishu / Hargeisa / Garowe)

Qualifications and Experience

  • Advanced degree in social sciences, with specialisation in technical and vocational education and training, youth livelihoods and employment and/or climate resilient youth livelihoods.


  • A minimum of six years of relevant technical experience, including two years at a senior level
  • Proven experience of developing and managing adolescent and youth livelihoods and employment programmes with technical and vocational education and training components
  • Demonstrated ability to write high-quality proposals, reports and dissemination products that have resulted in increased strategic positioning and scale
  • Proven experience in programme development, project cycle management and monitoring and evaluation related to the sector including writing up high quality project/donor reports
  • Proven experience of developing and managing high quality, innovative and cost-effective youth livelihoods and employment projects in fragile and insecure environments, preferably in fragile contexts with international NGOs or UN organisations
  • Proven experience and skills in advocacy and building strategic relationships with local/national governments and influencing institutional, private and/or corporate donors
  • Solid experience and excellent skills in capacity building of staff, partners and other key stakeholders related to youth livelihoods and employment
  • Familiarity with climate change adaptation for youth and green jobs promotion within a context of skills development for successful transitions to decent work
  • Ability to extensively travel for project monitoring and provide on-site technical support to field teams
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mindsets
  • Experience of solving complex issues and ensuring buy in through comprehensive analysis and definition of a clear way forward
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required
  • Commitment to Save the Children values.

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.

Application Information:

Please apply in English saving your CV and cover letter as a single document, including details of your current remuneration and salary expectations for this role. 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 is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best-qualified talent. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents.

Location: Mogadishu

Employee Status: Fixed Term

Closing Date: Jun 2, 2021

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