|Date Posted:||Aug 16, 2022|
|Closing Date:||Sep 10, 2022|
|Work Type:||Full Time|
|Number of Vacancies:||1|
|Functional Area:||International Development,Education/ Training,Teaching,Project Management,Gender,Curriculum ,Adviser|
|Salary Range:||NTA, Grade CAF|
|Years of Experience:||5 Years|
|Contract Duration:||1 year(s)|
|Possibility of Contract Extension:||Yes|
|Contract Type:||Project Based|
|Probation Period:||3 months|
About Borlaug Institute:
The Borlaug Institute leads international food security and agricultural development programs for the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS). Named in honor of the Nobel Peace Prize winner, “Father of the Green Revolution,” and faculty member at Texas A&M University for a quarter of a century, the Borlaug Institute continues Dr. Norman Borlaug’s legacy of improving global food security, livelihoods, and resilience through applied agricultural science, research and extension. The Borlaug Institute’s mission is “To help elevate small-holder farmers out of poverty and hunger through agricultural science.”
The USAID Women’s Scholarship Endowment (WSE) Activity assists Afghan women in obtaining a university education in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field of study, better enabling them to overcome barriers to gaining employment, raise their incomes, and helping them achieve leadership roles in their families, communities, and government in positions of influence in the public and private sectors, thereby ensuring a balance of voices and perspectives. WSE builds capacity of partner Afghan higher education institutions so they may learn to manage the scholarship program, eventually taking over management of the scholarship program, thereby ensuring its sustainability. WSE also supports career readiness and women’s empowerment initiatives for beneficiaries to assist them in attaining a professional position, and thereby preserving empowerment successes of these women.
The Career Readiness and Women’s Empowerment Trainer will:
- Manage program efforts to train WSE scholars on topics related to Women in Leadership and Women’s Empowerment. The Trainer will incorporate the ‘Jawana’ curricula developed by the USAID Women’s Leadership Development (WLD) program into a year-long program for WSE scholars.
- Plan and implement career readiness efforts for WSE scholars, including supervising short-term staff as necessary, to provide advice in the areas of career planning, resume writing, job searching, networking, salary evaluation, career and employment issues, and personal development.
- Enable beneficiaries to participate in mentorship opportunities, on-the-job learning, internships and apprenticeships.
These activities are meant to supplement WSE scholars’ classroom learning to provide a well-rounded educational experience that will better prepare WSE’s graduates for successful entry into their professional careers.
The Career Readiness and Women’s Empowerment Trainer will report to the Career Readiness and Women’s Empowerment Manager.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Create training and learning resources, such as short training videos, modules, and PDFs for students, including from the “Jawana” curricula.
- Plan, develop, and conduct career planning, financial literacy and empowerment workshops or seminars for WSE scholars.
- Career planning includes assessing scholars’ interests and skillsets to help them determine a career path, resume writing, job searching, networking, interview skills, salary evaluation and salary negotiation.
- Financial literacy includes basic money management and how-to knowledge (e.g., how to open a bank account, request a loan), and literature on gender differences in financial opportunities.
- Women’s empowerment includes providing practical leadership and management training for women in their early careers.
- Instruct WSE scholars on international and national legal frameworks on the status of women in Afghanistan.
- Provide terminology on the systemic structure of gender relations in Afghanistan and the role of Islam in protecting women and increasing gender equity.
- Support WSE Scholars by participating in general workshops and big events, walk-in advising, committee work, and weekly meetings.
- Instruct WSE scholars in the use of online technical training programs.
- Assist WSE scholars in obtaining online and offline internships and mentorship opportunities.
- Establish and maintain positive rapport with the community, alumni, civic/professional organizations, local businesses and industry, public school systems, and other potential employers for the purpose of promoting WSE students as prospective employees.
- Monitor and evaluate empowerment services, policies, and procedures for effectiveness and efficiency, and determine necessary revisions.
- Proactively seek out opportunities for outreach and collaboration with academic/administrative departments and student organizations to promote empowerment, personal, and career development.
- Bachelor’s degree with five (5) years of relevant experience OR a Master’s degree with three (3) years of relevant experience. Relevant experience is considered administering career development services, employment readiness training, women’s empowerment training, and/or job identification assistance for students and graduates.
- One year of experience on a ‘Jawana’ Empowerment Project overseen by USAID-WLD is required.
- Experience with maintenance of databases (preferably career service databases), facilitating career service orientations, and/or organizing job fairs strongly desired.
- Must possess strong networking skills to maintain professional and social contacts.
- Computer literacy is required, including knowledge and experience using Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word.
- Experience or familiarity working with USAID projects is preferred.
- Written and spoken fluency in English is required. Fluency in national languages such as Dari and/or Pashto is also required.