Youth and Inclusion Manager


Background:

Land O’Lakes Venture37 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to helping communities around the world build economies by strengthening local agriculture, helping agribusinesses create jobs and linking farmers to markets. Since 1981, it has implemented over 315 integrated dairy, livestock and crops development programs in nearly 80 countries — creating lasting impact by linking farmers, businesses, and the public and private sector in local and global contexts. Land O’Lakes Venture37’s long-standing affiliation with Land O’Lakes, Inc. sets it apart. Land O’Lakes, Inc. is one of America’s largest farmer-owned cooperatives. It supports Land O’Lakes Venture37 project implementation with nearly 100 years of expertise in dairy, animal nutrition, crop inputs and agricultural insights and technologies. This gives Land O’Lakes Venture37 development projects a unique global view of agriculture, food and the power of well-functioning market systems. Land O’Lakes, Inc. supports these efforts as part of its enterprise purpose of Feeding Human Progress at home and around the world.


Project/Proposal Summary: 

Venture37 anticipates release of a USAID-funded agriculture development project in Malawi focused on the central and southern regions. This project will focus on scaling smallholder farms to commercially oriented operations; while also aligning with the Government of Malawi’s goal to help agribusinesses diversify Malawi’s agricultural production and in order to become less dependent on tobacco exports while driving system resilience.


Position Summary:

The Youth and Inclusion Manager will be responsible for the development and oversight of related tasks that ensure inclusion of young and vulnerable populations in the Malawi Agriculture Activity, and execution of youth-led initiatives. This role will develop and implement a robust inclusion strategy that meets the requirements and USAID and Land O’Lakes Venture37 policies, including developing a youth inclusion and gender strategy, activity plan, and contributing to a strong learning agenda. The Youth and Inclusion Manager will also take an active role in adaptive management through active participation in stakeholder, learning and work planning meetings.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development of the youth and inclusion activity plan and learning agenda and update as necessary throughout the life of the project.
  • Provide input on youth and inclusion- focused deliverables, undertaking youth and inclusion assignments and helping field staff apply good inclusion practices.
  • Identify youth and gender knowledge gaps and training needs and design training and capacity building opportunities to ensure these needs are met.
  • Lead youth and social inclusion analysis for the project.
  • Regularly contribute to data collection processes for inclusion indicators, perform data quality assessments, and adjust as needed.
  • Undertake regular visits to the field to support implementation of the strategy and to identify where adaptations and improvements might be needed.
  • Provide regular updates on project progress against key metrics to the Chief of Party for inclusion in donor reports, work planning and learning events.
  • Lead the regular sharing and learning with program staff and partners.
  • Assist project staff to use project data to report and disseminate evidence of project work to the wider community, USAID, Land O’Lakes Venture37, and other external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate the highest degree of integrity throughout all activities, and raise any concerns with implementation quality immediately with the Chief of Party.


Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in nutrition, public health, agribusiness, international development, gender studies, communications, economics, entrepreneurship or other relevant field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • A minimum of four (4) years designing and implementing youth integration and empowerment systems, specific to the roles above. Experience with agriculture projects preferred.
  • Proven leadership skills training and motivating diverse teams.
  • Experienced at implementing youth-led activities and integrating nutrition sensitive approaches into market development activities.
  • Demonstrated experience adapting project implementation and activities to achieve objectives and targets as needed.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate across projects, be flexible, and creative and successfully lead an intercultural team in development and post-conflict contexts.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, instilling trust and confidence.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written and oral presentation skills.
  • Fluency in oral and written English.



The position described above is contingent upon activity award. 


Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No phone calls will be accepted.


Land O’Lakes never requests money or payment from candidates for any position type. Please report any such requests to Land O’Lakes.


Land O’Lakes Venture37 is an equal opportunity employer and an organization striving to help global communities thrive through agriculture. We consider all 

qualified applicants without regard to race, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status, among other factors. Our culture values a diversity of voices. So bring us your unique experiences, your workstyle, and your dreams — they’ll only make us stronger.


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