Job: IREX Field Director, USAID Youth Development Activity

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IREX is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to building a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world by empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information. Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of over $90 million, offices in 20 countries, and a global staff of 400. We work in more than 100 countries worldwide.

Position Summary

IREX seeks qualified Field Director candidates for a global, cross-sectoral USAID Youth in Development Activity. This project will design and apply an approach to using implementation research to strengthen cross-sectoral positive youth development programming, help youth-led and youth-serving organizations use implementation research, and synthesize and promote findings broadly. The Field Director will be based in either Kenya, Jordan, or Tunisia, and will provide day-to-day implementation oversight and leadership.

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Summary of Responsibilities

  • Serve as core member of project leadership team responsible for providing strategic and technical leadership to the project, including a large consortium and government/private sector partners.
  • Serve as liaison with USAID, IREX’s consortium, and key stakeholders, including youth-led and youth-serving organizations, local government officials and private sector partners, as well as other donors and implementers.
  • Develop strong collaborative, supportive, and mutually respectful relationships with diverse team members, with other leaders at IREX, and with leaders at key stakeholder and partner organizations.
  • Ensure project activities are implemented on schedule and within budget.
  • Collaboratively oversee project budgeting and forecasting, financial management, compliance and subgrants management and ensure contractual compliance, all with increasing responsibility.
  • Co-direct private sector engagement strategy with increasing responsibility.
  • Co-direct monitoring, evaluation, and reporting with increasing responsibility.
  • Lead and facilitate project co-design processes, including iterative learning and adaptation.
  • Lead specific project components.
  • Lead Global Youth Advisory Council (GYAC) coordination/management.
  • Ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the project.
  • Supervise, manage, and mentor project staff; lead recruitment of specialized technical staff.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

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Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Must be a citizen of or permanent resident with work authorization in either Kenya, Jordan, or Tunisia.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of progressive experience required.
  • Successful track record of at least three (3) years supervising, managing, and/or implementing social impact oriented projects in education, employment, civic and political engagement, gender, health, and/or agriculture/food security within the development, social enterprise, and/or business sectors.
  • Demonstrated experience in youth-led research, youth-led assessments, implementation research, and/or participatory action research.
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in Positive Youth Development (PYD) approaches that support youth to contribute to their full potential and/or with youth-led data synthesis and youth-led advocacy/communications.
  • Proven leadership qualities including a leadership style that is empowering to team members and follows principles of Positive Youth Development.
  • A positive attitude to take initiative and work effectively within a team.
  • Excellent management and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated empathy and cultural competence to facilitate inclusive collaboration with diverse team members.
  • Demonstrated capacity to develop collaborative, supportive, and mutually-respectful relationships with other diverse adult and youth leaders.
  • Excellent record managing and building high-performance teams and working to build the capacity of colleagues.
  • Ability to establish strong working relationships with senior officials in government, with civil society organizations, international donors, and other stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial mindset, to plan strategically and creatively to meet project objectives, with a focus on innovation.
  • Experience with budget and/or subgrant management preferred.
  • Ability to communicate professionally and provide written reporting in English is required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field required; master’s degree highly preferred.

This position is contingent on funding and is only open to citizens of, or permanent residents with work authorization in, either Kenya, Jordan, or Tunisia.

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