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Private Sector Partnership Officer

Job Description and Requirements

Position title:                           Private Sector Partnership Officer 

Position location:                    Amman

Reports to:                              WUSC Country Director

Contract term:                        1 year contract renewable, as soon as possible

Application deadline:              date of posting + 2 weeks

 

 

Background:
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 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 Partnership 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. The main focus and task will be on identifying and engaging potential employers for internship opportunities and longer-term employment opportunities for female graduates, in a sustainable manner. 

 

Key Responsibilities

Private Sector Partner identification, outreach and engagement:

  • Identify and engage with private sector employers in the health and related sector in order to identify internship and employment opportunities.
  • In collaboration with the Senior Project Officer, coordinate with the private sector employers on curriculum development to meet their requirements in health administration and health care support.
  • 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 employers in the development of curricula in health administration and health care support.
  • Prepare the terms of partnership/MoUs with selected private sector or industry partners in coordination with WE LEAD team. Prepare a plan for the transition of MOUs to remain between the VTCs and the industry partners.
  • Act as a focal person for the private sector partners to support WE LEAD implementation Activities in coordination with WE LEAD team and Local partners.
  • 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.
  • Identify and pilot different achievable and visible strategies to create the linkages between the graduates, training providers and potential employers

 

Capacity building :

  • Liaise with WE LEAD team  in the preparation of private sector assessments for identification of common work initiatives and capacity building for creating gender friendly work environments and identify areas that require improvement
  • Facilitate and monitor capacity-building activities with the identified employer in coordination with project staff, volunteers or consultants.
  • Work with employers to improve working conditions for women (child care facilities, safety & security, transportation, environment, etc.).
  • Ensure relevant monitoring, learning and feedback activities are completed.

 

General :

  • Participate in the development and the planning of the project partnership strategy.
  • Develop a work plan for implementation of activities, and participate in developing the overall project work plans and reports, including the budget
  • Manage the budget and expenditures related to the activities under his/her responsibility, in coordination with the Finance Officer.
  • Identify market needs and match the number of the recruited trainees in partnership with the training providers in the three targeted areas.
  • 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.

Qualifications and Competencies

 

Education and Experience

  • Degree or diploma in business, management, marketing and sales, or other relevant degree or commensurate experience
  • More than five years experience in a similar capacity in private sector relationship building, sales, employment support or other relevant sector.
  • Strong experience in business development.

 

Competencies

  • 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.

 

Applications:

WUSC is an equal opportunity employer. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. If you wish to apply for this position, please send your résumé (or Curriculum Vitae) with a cover letter via Akhtaboot.

 

No telephone calls please.