Community Youth Engagement Specialist (Minna)
Minna, Nigeria
5d ago

Role overview

Working from home and at project location - In this role, you will spend some time providing part-time remote support (e.

g. from your home) to VSO projects or partners, and also a set period working full-time in the project location and / or VSO office.

Expected responsibilities :

As a Community Youth Engagement Specialist you will :

  • Conduct an assessment of the Implementing Partner’s needs and requirements;
  • Map out the different groups, networks, associations that are linked to young people in local communities;
  • Develop a networking strategy for the Implementing Partner and facilitate introductions and linkages between the IP and these groups;
  • Analyse and develop the most appropriate route for engagement of youth in these communities;
  • Support the development of youth engagement strategy;
  • Support the pilot of the strategy in the recruitment of one cohort of youth and assess the appropriateness of those networks;
  • Make recommendations for improvement following the review of the pilot; revise the recruitment strategy;
  • Develop knowledge products (marketing / positioning) and toolkits for improvement of youth engagement;
  • Bring youth perspective to HR strategies;
  • Deliverables :

  • A high level report on the assessment of Implementing Partner’s need and requirements;
  • Database of relevant associations, networks and groups that engage / support youth and young women and a strategy for engaging them;
  • Established connections and working relations between the Implementing Partner and these associations, networks and groups;
  • Report on the pilot with recommendations for improvement;
  • Reviewed recruitment strategy;
  • Skills, qualifications and experience

    Competencies and Behaviour

    At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee, or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies :

  • Ability to be open minded and respectful
  • Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations
  • Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
  • Ability to seek and share knowledge
  • Essential criteria

    Knowledge / qualifications :

  • You have a Bachelor / Master’s degree in Behavioral and Social Science, Gender, Development, International relations or related field.
  • Experience :

  • You have extensive (5+ years' work experience) with youth engagement, community outreach.
  • You have experience and demonstrated result in strategizing recruitment in the private sector.
  • A demonstrated understanding of issues and challenges related to employability, gender, and youth in Nigeria.
  • You are well networked with associations, local communities, and youth networks in Nigeria.
  • Ability to work independently as well as take an advisory role with multiple stakeholders in a time-pressured environment.
  • Cross cultural awareness and ability to work amongst a diverse group of staff, volunteer and partners.
  • Good understanding of developing training modules and facilitation.
  • Analytical skills and strategy development experience is essential, as well as experience in a private sector.
  • Understanding of gender inclusion in community outreach.
  • Equal Opportunities

    VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.


    As a VSO volunteer, you will be sharing your skills with local communities on a full time basis. VSO will cover your travel, vaccinations, accommodation, and medical insurance costs, along with a local living allowance which will be paid in local currency.

    This allowance meets reasonable living expenses in country, but will not be enough to send money home. You will also receive some financial support to contribute to your on-going expenses at home.


    VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which means accommodation varies and will be basic.

    Some background about VSO

    Much has changed since VSO started 60 years ago. We’ve gone from being a UK charity to a truly global development organisation.

    In 2016 / 2017 alone, we worked with over 7,000 volunteers from all over the world and from all backgrounds to deliver services that had an impact on the lives of almost 2.

    6 million people in the 24 countries where we work. Our programmes focus on the areas of health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion.

    We believe progress is only possible when we work together and that strong partnerships are crucial to delivering positive change.

    That’s why we work with over 500 partner organisations, from local and national governments, to businesses, NGOs, funders, charities and community groups.

    Currently, over 30% of our people are recruited from within the country in which they work, and we continue to grow the share of community and national volunteers involved in our programmes.

  • We also send increasing numbers of volunteers from one developing country to another. However, our vision has remained the same;
  • to build a world without poverty.

    Your application and COVID-19

    We are continually reviewing our ability to safely programme and implement projects during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many local restrictions are being implemented in several VSO locations, which impacts VSO’s existing programme delivery.

    We will continue to follow the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and national governments to protect the wellbeing and safety of all communities, employees and volunteers.

    We’re continuing to build a talent pool of prospective professional volunteers so we can get back to supporting communities as soon as we’re able to.

    If your application is shortlisted, a VSO hiring manager will be in touch to discuss the next steps and any changes to your placement and role.

    You can read VSO’s COVID-19 statement and frequently asked questions about volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic here.

    If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.

    Once you’re ready to apply, click on make an application’ below to complete the online form.

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    VSO has zero tolerance of abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people. We expect all our employees / volunteers to ensure we protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from harm and abide by our safeguarding policy (PDF).

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