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Volunteer Executive Director, International Youth Academy



Posted over 30 days ago...

The Executive Director (ED) provides overall leadership, strategic guidance, and oversight of the International Youth Academy.


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London, EC1A 2BN

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Expires at anytime

What will you be doing?

(A) Administrative duties:

Provide overall leadership and take management responsibility for successful plan, design and oversight the implementation of the project; Oversee project staff and consultants; Provide inputs in identification of linkages between the IYA and other potential partners for maximizing the efficient and effective use of resources; Build, motivate and lead a high performing team consisting of programme personnel, expert consultants, service providers, etc.

  (B) Coordinate the initiation and the implementation of the project in compliance with the project specific objectives, activities and expected outputs by:

Ensuring a quality achievement of the project outputs in line with corporate standards; Designing a detailed work and activities plan and regularly monitoring its implementation; Identifying project implementation partners and stakeholders; Drafting terms of reference of contracts and departments; Following-up on the implementation of the contracts, assessing the quality of services provided and requesting disbursement of funds; Building synergies with other projects and activities of the IYA; Identifying relevant institutions and ensuring their engagement in project's activities; Ensuring capacity development of national stakeholders in all activities at individual, organizational and system levels.

  (C) Ensure the monitoring and evaluation of project implementation and the reporting on project activities by:

Presenting aggregate strategic analysis on project performance based on commitment of indicators and implementation of activities as well as output delivery; Regularly monitoring the financial status of the project and promptly developing budget revision if needed; Regularly conducting meetings of the project steering and technical committees, preparing minutes of meetings and action plans with clear responsibility and timeframe; Providing content on major project's achievements and steps in project implementation for IYF's public information services to increase the visibility of IYF and its stakeholders; Fostering exchanges of information, experience, identifying new strategies of action to improve delivery of services and to achieve the project requirements and objectives;

What are we looking for?

Core Competencies

Lead (Level-4) Leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act as a team towards achieving a common goal. Design (Level-4) Ability to recognize what changes are required and create a path for improvement using existing knowledge, problem-solving skills, creativity and original ways of working. Empower (Level-4) Empowerment is a practice of giving team members skills, authority, opportunity and motivation so that they can take initiative and make decisions to solve problems and improve performance. Mobilize (Level-4) Ability to identify resources and activities that individuals and organizations will undertake to support the IYF’s strategic goals and objectives. Engage and influence appropriate donors by building win-win relationships. Inspire (Level-4) Inspiration and lead by example is about energizing and creating a sense of direction and purpose in others, unlocking motivation and momentum for positive change.

  Functional Competencies

Ability to assist in strategic planning, results-based management and reporting. Ability to assist in corporate strategic initiatives. Excellent computer, internet, social media and information system skills. Excellent communication and coordination skills.

  Skills Required for Position

Ability to interact cordially and communicate with a diverse community. Effective oral and written communication skills. Ability to assess and evaluate situations quickly, accurately and effectively.

  Experience Minimum of 10 years of experience and results preferred in an education management role, development, communications, youth issues, sports, women empowerment, youth-led organizations or another relevant field.

What difference will you make?

The results of the work of the Executive Director will have an impact on the overall programme management and success in the implementation of the programme’s strategies and particularly:

Creating new opportunities and programme interventions for youth development. Effective implementation and achievement of programme results and objectives. Effective implementation of capacity development initiatives with national stakeholders and other partners with strong linkages with other regional programmes.


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