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Employment Opportunity

Internal/External Posting

Position title: Livelihoods and Economic Opportunities (LEO) Advisor

Position location: Nairobi, Kenya

Working hours: Full time / 40 hrs per week

Reports to: LEAP Project Manager

Salary Range: Aligned with experience

Application deadline: Nov 18th, 2019


World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is a leading Canadian international development organization focusing on three programmatic areas: Economic Opportunities, Education, and Empowerment. Our vision is a better world for all young people. It is a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable world in which all young people, especially women and refugees, are empowered to secure a good quality of life for themselves, their families, and their communities.

WUSC currently works in over 25 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, with an annual budget of approximately CAD $45 million. Globally, we partner with a network of higher education institutions, civil society organizations, private sector partners, professionals, students, volunteers, faculty and community leaders that work with us to achieve our mission.

The Role:

WUSC seeks to recruit an experienced, dynamic individual to join the Nairobi based team as the Livelihoods & Economic Opportunities (LEO) Advisor. The position will report directly to the East Africa Director and work closely on a day-to-day basis with the project teams based in our country office.

The LEO Advisor will primarily focus on the design and implementation of the livelihoods component of the Learning through Education and Access to Employment (LEAP) project. The position will report to the LEAP Project Manager.

In addition to supporting LEAP, the Livelihoods and Economic Opportunities advisor will provide inputs to the design of new projects as the portfolio expands. The role will require regular travel to field sites in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kalobeyi Settlement, and nearby communities in northern Turkana, as well as occasional international travel for conferences, workshops and meetings.

Duties include:

Quality Assurance and Capacity Development

● Collaborate with technical advisors at HQ and in our country offices in order to ensure a robust approach to economic opportunity programming, drawing from international best practices, within and across our economic opportunity project portfolio;

● Ensure the consistent identification and application of internal quality standards, lessons learned and external best practices in economic opportunity programming;

● Support program staff in the development or revision of program/project-specific economic opportunity strategies, plans and activities;

● Managing quality control processes of WUSC’s economic opportunity interventions;

● Support WUSC’s economic opportunities portfolio as it expands

● Support project reporting in collaboration with the WUSC country team;

● Assist program staff in project planning and management approaches (including results based management tools) and propose strategies to increase project/program impact in economic opportunity;

● Collaborate with WUSC’s global network of economic opportunity experts to support the development of WUSC’s toolbox of best practices within the economic opportunity sector;

Learning, Thought Leadership, and Positioning

● Participate in designing research and learning around livelihood project components to build evidence on what works best within our programs’ contexts;

● Identify potential local partners for to support the livelihoods component of LEAP;

● Seek opportunities for WUSC to convene and collaborate with peers and thought leaders in the economic opportunity sector, especially on issues related to economic opportunities; and

● Represent WUSC at relevant conferences, fora, working groups and meetings and maintain close working relationships with counterparts in other relevant international NGOs, donors, partners, and academia;

Qualifications and Experience:

● MA/MSc/MBA or equivalent in Economics; International Development; or a related field required;

● A minimum of 5 years’ of sector-relevant experience, preferably in international development organizations;

● Working knowledge of Results Based Management;

● Experience with a range of institutional donors such as GAC and DFID


● Strong analytical, research and writing skills;

● Proven ability to communicate clearly in intercultural environments;

● Effective interpersonal and influencing skills, including the ability to build relationships, network, communicate and represent at a senior level are essential;

● Excellent administration and organizational skills, including ability to prioritize tasks and handle multiple initiatives under tight deadlines;

● Excellent capacity building skills, with demonstrated experience in effective training, coaching and facilitation;

● Preference for working in teams;

Languages and Other:

● Oral and written fluency in English essential;

WUSC's Commitment to Safeguarding

WUSC has a strong commitment to safeguarding and child protection, and has a strict set of policies that outline expected standards, including the Code of Conduct, Child Protection Policy, Anti-Harassment Policy, Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Policy, and others. The desired candidate for this/any position with WUSC should share and support this commitment in all aspects of their personal and professional behaviors. Any history implicating that the applicant has a history of Child Abuse, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, or Sexual Harassment, is a reason for excluding him or her from employment with WUSC.

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