Regional Lead and Senior Capacity Building Officer
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.
IREX seeks qualified Regional Lead and Senior Capacity Building Officer candidates for a global, cross-sectoral USAID Youth Excel 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 Regional Lead and Senior Capacity Building Officer will be based in Jordan or Tunisia.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. Candidates must be able to demonstrate the ability to legally work in Jordan or Tunisia.
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.
• Facilitate collaboration with 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, particularly in assigned region(s).
• Develop collaborative, supportive, and mutually respectful relationships with diverse team members, with other leaders at IREX, and with leaders at key stakeholder and partner organizations.
• Oversee project activities in assigned region(s), including support to implementing partners and inputs to monitoring, evaluation, and learning and reporting. Ensure project activities are implemented on schedule and within budget.
• In collaboration with DC-based Capacity-Building Officer, oversee global capacity-building approach for youth-led and youth-serving organizations and groups in line with project technical goals, performance improvement methodologies, and USAID s New Partnership Initiative.
• Collaborate with the gender and inclusion team to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion in capacity-building.
• Oversee private sector engagement strategy for assigned region(s)
• Supervise, manage, and mentor project staff in assigned region(s), including leading recruitment
• In collaboration with DC-based grants team, oversee management of subawards portfolio, including obtaining IREX and USAID approvals, USG reporting and compliance, and compliance with IREX policies and procedures for assigned region(s).
• Ensure that grantmaking policies and procedures are streamlined and realistic; oversee subgranting processes that minimize bureaucracy and ensure compliance.
• Other duties, as assigned.
Required Skills and Qualifications
• Minimum of seven (7) years of progressive experience working with local organizations in MENA, experience with other world regions a plus, with specific experience supporting capacity-building for local organizations, specifically youth-led and youth-serving organizations.
• 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.
• Bachelor s degree in a related field required; master s degree highly preferred.
• 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.
• Ability to establish strong working relationships with senior officials in government, with civil society organizations, international donors, and other stakeholders.
• Experience with performance improvement methodologies strongly preferred.
• Proven track record in successfully planning and developing learning modules through a variety of methods as well as delivering training and coaching.
• Grant management experience for USAID or US Government programs; demonstrated ability to manage creative and streamlined subgrants portfolios for lower-capacity local organizations.
• Demonstrated experience and skill with budget preparation and analysis, financial reporting, and the proven ability to translate technical financial data into informative reports.
• Operational knowledge of USAID regulations including FAR and ADS concerning financial management and reporting, subcontracting, and procurement.
• Fluency in Arabic and English required. Other languages a plus.