Position title: Private Sector Partnerships Officer
Position location: Amman, Jordan
Reports to: Jordan Country Director
Contract term: 2 year contract renewable
Start date: as soon as possible
Application deadline: July 2nd, 2017
World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is a leading Canadian international development organization that works with and through its southern partners to promote sustainable development. Founded in 1957 and currently working in 22 countries worldwide with an annual budget of approximately $45 million dollars, WUSC works towards a world where young people can grow up in safe, secure, supportive environments, where they can learn, work and play a vital role in their community and country’s development. Our internationally recognized programs support youth, women and other marginalized populations, focusing on three thematic areas of education, employment and engagement. Globally, WUSC works with a network of higher education institutions, civil society organizations, private sector partners, professionals, students, volunteers, faculty and community leaders that can be leveraged to support our work.
WUSC and its consortium partner the Canadian Leaders in International Consulting (CLIC) are implementing the Women’s Economic Linkages and Employment Development (WE LEAD) project in Jordan. WE LEAD, a project funded by Global Affairs Canada, aims to increase women’s empowerment for sustainable economic growth; this will be achieved through activities focusing on women’s employment by businesses and the reduction of gender specific barriers to women entering into and remaining in the workforce. The WE LEAD project will be implemented over a period of four years, from March 7, 2017 to March 31, 2021 in three governorates (East Amman, Irbid and Salt) in Jordan.
Under the direction of the Country Director, the Private Sector Partnerships Officer will be responsible for providing strategic direction and technical assistance for the improvement of linkages between vocational training centres, private sector employers, communities and unemployed women and female youth in three target governorates.
Key areas of Responsibility:
Private Sector Partnerships :
- Identify and engage with private sector employers requiring skills and knowledge in the health administration and related sectors delivered by vocational training centres (VTCs) and their requirements for skilled personnel;
- In collaboration with the Project Training Officer, coordinate with the private sector employers on curriculum development to meet their requirements in health administration and related sectors;
- Link private sector employers in health administration and related sectors with VTCs in order to increase knowledge and understanding of private sector employer requirements;
- Facilitate linkages and actively engage the private sector employers in the development of the curricula in health administration and related sectors;
- Prepare the terms of partnerships/MoUs with selected private sector or industry partners in coordination with WE LEAD team;
- Keep track of technical and operational questions with private sector partners and facilitate support from relevant project team members, volunteers or consultants;
- In collaboration with the WE LEAD team organize and coordinate public social marketing campaigns and outreach to identify potential new women and female youth enrollees in health administration and related VTC programs;
- Undertake advocacy with VTCs to promote private sector employers’ involvement in the development and revision of vocational training curricula;
- Identify industry or private sector role models to provide coaching and mentoring to new women employees.
Capacity building :
- In coordination with relevant WE LEAD team, assess private sector and public organization employers’ capacity through a thorough assessment to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats;
- Facilitate and monitor capacity building activities provided by project staff, volunteers or consultants;
- Work with the private sector employers to improve their working conditions on the workplace for women (child care facilities, safety & security, transportation, environment, etc.);
- Share feedback on private sector relationship development (progress, results, challenges and lessons learned) with WE LEAD team.
- Participate in the development and the planning of the project partnership strategy.
- Maintain well-structured documentation and filing system for the programs including documents, photos and keep track of beneficiary count records and database monitor in coordination with WE LEAD team;
- In collaboration with the WE LEAD team and national partners, ensure coordination between different partners and stakeholders of the project;
- Undertake any other tasks assigned by the Country Director.
Education and Experience:
- Degree or diploma in a related field (human resources management, public administration) and private sector knowledge and linkages
- More than five years experience in a similar capacity in private sector relationship building and supporting the development of private sector human resource skills base;
- Strong experience in business development.
- Proven knowledge of the private sector human resources needs and VTC linkages;
- Proven advocacy skills linked to employment issues and with communities;
- Highly effective communication skills;
- Competent in engaging effectively for project planning and management with private sector, government and VTCs;
- Willingness to travel frequently to the three target governorates (East Amman, Irbid and Salt);
- Excellent presentation, leadership, mentoring and coaching ability and team building skills;
- Demonstrate commitment to gender equality;
- Commitment to organizational goals and functions of the WE LEAD project.
- Superior oral and written skills required in English and in Arabic.
Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.