Education/Youth Workforce Development Specialist - USAID

Organization Description

USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID fosters development around the world. Our work supports economic growth and trade; agriculture and the environment; education and training; democracy and governance; global health; global partnerships and humanitarian assistance. We operate in five regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia, the Middle East; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Europe and Eurasia.



1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004


Job Description

The Foreign Service Limited (FSL) Education/Youth Workforce Development Specialist will be a core member of a four-person Education Team located in the Office of Regional Sustainability of the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC/RSD) at USAID. The FSL will report directly to the Education Team Leader. The Education Team has a broad and complex range of responsibilities. It is the Bureau’s principal source of senior analytical and technical expertise and leadership in the areas of basic education, higher education, and non-formal education issues. The team carries out policy, sectoral, and cross-sectoral analyses in support of education-related programming in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as assists USAID LAC Missions with the development of country-specific strategies, programs, projects, studies, and evaluations. The team also manages the LAC Bureau’s portfolio of regional education projects and programs.


Job Responsibilities

The FSL position will serve as the Education/Youth Workforce Development technical expert. Specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Project Management (35%)
  • Technical Assistance & Field Support (30%)
  • Project Design, Procurement & Reporting (25%)
  • Other Duties (10%)


Job Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree in a relevant major plus at least five (5) years of relevant work experience of which two (2) years are relevant work experience in developing countries.
  • At least three (3) years of experience overseeing education/workforce development projects or other related programs on behalf of a donor or implementing organization is preferred.
  • Familiarity with and knowledge of USAID’s operations, procedures, and policies in areas such as project management, procurement, reporting, monitoring and evaluation, and education or democratic governance preferred.
  • Technical expertise and theoretical and practical knowledge of best practices in the field of non-formal education for youth, workforce development or education in conflict environments.
  • Evidence of productive and positive working relationships with colleagues and peers.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrates experience meeting deadlines and balancing competing equities, audiences, and priorities in a busy professional environment.
  • Professional experience working on Latin American and/or Caribbean issues, or a demonstrated ability to quickly grasp and learn a new region.
  • Ability to speak and write Spanish at a proficient level or better.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills.


How to Apply

Please send the following by e-mail to Karen Towers (ktowers@usaid.gov) on or before midnight on October 3, 2014. Please label the subject line of the e-mail "Education/Youth Workforce Development Specialist – Your Name Here."

1. Curriculum Vitae

2. 3 References

3. Please provide a supplementary statement for two out of the three questions/statements below. The applicant is able to choose which two questions/statements he/she would like to answer. The answer for each should be no more than 1 page (single spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point font, 1” margins). The question the applicant is answering should be listed at the top of the page and the name of the applicant should be in the header.

  • Please tell us about an experience that relates to this job description, preferably related to education for youth, workforce development, and/or education in conflict environments. What issues were addressed and/or services provided? What was your role? Tell about how you helped meet a significant challenge.
  • Working within the LAC Bureau of USAID, one is challenged to work effectively not only with colleagues in the Bureau but also with colleagues from field Missions, other Bureaus, other U.S. Government Agencies (e.g., State), and stakeholders outside the U.S. Government (NGOs, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, Congress, and others). Describe relevant past experience and accomplishments that illustrate your technical knowledge and communication skills to effectively work in a complex environment.
  • Please describe your international development experience focused around the skills and challenges relevant to this job.