Position Title : Youth Pathways Officer
Position Type : Regular, Full Time
Location : Mercy Corps Ramallah Office
Duration : One Year with possibility of extension
About Mercy Corps
We believe youth are vital stakeholders in this vision and we prioritize programming that empowers and enables them to be leaders in their communities. Mercy Corps is a non-profit, non-governmental international humanitarian and development organization, registered in the United States and Scotland with offices in more than 40 countries around the world. Mercy Corps has worked in Palestine since 1986 and currently operates across Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem. The organization works to empower Palestinians to meet their basic needs and overcome the negative effects of the blockade, occupation, and internal political divisions, while becoming more economically self-sufficient and civically engaged to live with greater dignity and create a brighter future.
Mercy Corps and International Youth Foundation (IYF) are implementing the 5-year USAID-funded Positive Youth Engagement (PYE) activity, a multi-sectoral youth program designed to address the challenges of Palestinian youth in Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem. Through a selected group of national partner organizations and community-based organizations (CBOs), PYE will support marginalized youth aged 10-19 at risk of social marginalization by improving education, health, employment, community engagement and other needs identified through diverse, community-supported assessments. By increasing opportunities for Palestinian youth to realize their potential and to effectively contribute to social and economic development, vulnerable youth will be able to transform into productive, contributing citizens who are connected to and engaged in their communities.
To set youth on positive and peaceful pathways to become productive, contributing citizens, PYE will deliver a three-pronged, mutually reinforcing program segmented by gender and age across the targeted communities:
- Core programming that supports, protects, prepares, and engages youth in safe spaces located within a strong network of CBOs.
- Tailored packages of activities, resources, and referrals that will set youth on individually selected pathways building on the core curriculum to increase opportunities for youth to effectively contribute to social and economic development; and
- Opportunities for sustained community engagement and leadership through youth-led pathways and councils, community and social media campaigns, and mentorship of subsequent cohorts as part of sustainable community youth networks.
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:
The Youth Pathways Officer will provide technical support to the Youth Pathways Senior Specialist to: 1) organize qualitative focus groups and one-on-one interviews and focus groups with the PYE team, partnering organizations, and target youth ages (15-19) to understand youth priorities to advance life and economic opportunities; 2) provide technical support to design the approach for the youth pathways in line with the mandate of the USAID Positive Youth Engagement (PYE) Activity; 3) organize and conduct desk research to design the tools that will be used by the national partners and local Community Based Organizations (CBOs) that are hosting the youth safe spaces (youth hubs), and will be leading the implementation of the youth pathways; 4) organize related learning activities and workshops to further develop the youth pathways; 5) provide support to the Senior Specialist to organize knowledge transfer and mentoring activities for the CBOs that are hosting the safe spaces (youth hubs) regarding the youth pathways approach and tools; 6) implement related training and mentoring activities to the youth mentors to implement the youth pathways approach; and 7) collect qualitative and quantitative data on the youth pathways and provide the M&E team; and 8) contribute to the documentation of related activities, and development of technical reports (e.g. weekly, quarterly, annual).
- Organize qualitative focus groups and one-on-one interviews and focus groups with the PYE team, partnering organizations, and target youth ages (15-19) to understand youth priorities to advance life and economic opportunities.
- Provide technical support to design the approach for the youth pathways in line with the mandate of the USAID Positive Youth Engagement (PYE) Activity.
- Organize and conduct desk research to design the tools that will be used by the national partners and local Community Based Organizations (CBOs) that are hosting the youth safe spaces (youth hubs) and will be leading the implementation of the youth pathways.
- Organize related learning activities and workshops to further develop the youth pathways.
- Provide support to the Senior Specialist to organize knowledge transfer and mentoring activities for the CBOs that are hosting the safe spaces (youth hubs) regarding the youth pathways approach and tools.
- Implement related training and mentoring activities to the youth mentors to implement the youth pathways approach.
- Collect qualitative and quantitative data on the youth pathways and provide the M&E team.
- Contribute to the documentation of related activities, and development of technical reports (e.g. weekly, quarterly, and annual).
- Support the Senior Specialist on Youth Pathways to organize workshops on subject matter.
- Participate in internal capacity building and training activities, in areas of expertise.
- Ensure integration of gender and priorities of youth who live with disabilities in the overall approach of the youth pathways.
- Provide technical guidance to the CBOs when designing the youth safe spaces (youth hubs) to ensure that it is in line with youth priorities, and pathways.
- Other tasks as assigned by the Youth Pathways Officer.
Ensure that all PYE program and/or activities across target localities are implemented in line with USAID branding and marking guidelines with a clear analysis and understanding of security management priorities.
As part of our commitment to organizational learning – and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient, and relevant to the communities they serve – Mercy Corps expects all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
ACCOUNTABILITY TO BENEFICIARIES
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to the partners and international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging partner communities as equal partners in designing, monitoring, and evaluating our field programs.
The Youth Pathways Officer will provide support to the Senior Specialist on Youth Pathways as detailed in the job description. He/She will coordinate with youth pathways coordinators in West Bank and Gaza. Accountability
Reports Directly To: PYE Youth Pathways Senior Specialist
Works Directly With: The Youth Wellbeing team, Institutional Capacity team, MEL team, national and local partner NGOs
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Qualification & Transferable Skills
- Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, psychosocial support and youth wellbeing, innovation through technology, or related areas. Master’s degree is a plus.
- 4+ year’s relevant working experience in the development sector in Jerusalem, Ramallah, and/or Gaza with a focus on psychosocial support and wellbeing of youth.
- Extensive experience in designing learning curricula and tools for youth with deep understanding of gender, needs of youth who live with disabilities, psychosocial support, emotional health, and youth wellbeing.
- Extensive experience in providing training and mentoring to professionals from the civil society and youth ages (10-19).
- Experience in working with the civil society sector.
- Experience in technical reporting in English and Arabic.
The successful candidate will be capable of multi-tasking, excellent management, facilitation, and communication skills with strong personality, have initiative, drive, and energy, and experience engaging with local and national partners form the civil society, public, and private sectors. The ideal candidate will have the ability and curiosity to work comfortably and effectively with team members of varied work styles and cultures, follow procedures and meet deadlines with flexibility and creativity in planning and problem solving. Successful Mercy Corps team members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and challenging environments, and make effective written and verbal communication a priority.
In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient, and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and/or professional growth and development
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.
We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening, and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.
We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.
Safeguarding & Ethics
Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we encounter through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC and have signed on to the Interagency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct eLearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.
المسمى الوظيفي Youth Pathways Officer
آخر موعد للتقديم 12 - Feb - 2022
المكان رام الله والبيرة
نوع الوظيفة دوام كامل
المستوى المهني متوسط الخبرة
الدرجة العلمية البكالوريوس
الخبرة 4 Years
Qualified persons with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply.
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online HERE no later than Saturday, 12 February 2022
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Please apply separate application for each position you are interested in.
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