Guatemala: Youth and Inlcusion Manager, Guatemala

Organization: ACDI/VOCA
Country: Guatemala
Closing date: 04 Dec 2016

Since 1963 and in 146 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. ACDI/VOCA currently has 44 active projects in 31 countries and total revenues of approximately $151 million.

Youth and Gender Manager, Guatemala

We are currently seeking a Youth and Gender Manager for the USAID-funded Guatemala Creating Economic Opportunities (CEO) Project. The objective of CEO is to reduce poverty and improve living conditions, closing gaps between Guatemala and migrant destination countries, in order to decrease unaccompanied child and irregular migration. To achieve this objective, CEO will grow businesses, and increase employment and income generating opportunities for Guatemalans through a multi-pronged approach utilizing four levers of economic development – expanding access to markets, improving workforce capacity, increasing access to financial services, and strengthening the policy and enabling environment. CEO will particularly focus on youth and indigenous persons, in select geographic areas with high levels of out migration within the Western Highlands, as well as in the Department of Guatemala.

The Youth and Gender Manager will have overall responsibility for mainstreaming social inclusion, especially with regards to gender, age, and ethno-cultural identity, within all aspects of program design, implementation, management, budgeting, and M&E. While we know that all women are in some ways subject to gender discrimination, there are also other factors including age, ethno-cultural identity, sexual orientation, language, religion, ability, socio-economic class, geographic location, etc. that combine to determine one’s social location and power. It will be the role of the Youth and Gender Manager to help the program understand the ways in which membership in multiple identity groups creates a unique and distinct experience, requiring differentiated approaches.


  • Advise the program in developing strategies and plans to improve the quality and rate of economic participation among young, indigenous women and men in the Western Highlands, as well as other marginalized populations.

  • Lead a gender and social analysis to better understand the gender- and socio-cultural specific barriers that contribute to inequality among young people, and identify opportunities to close gaps and promote equality through targeted program activities

  • Lead the development and implementation of a project-specific social inclusion strategy

  • Develop staff and local partner capacity to 1) integrate inclusion considerations within project assessments (e.g. labor studies), 2) monitor program activities with a gender, youth, and social inclusion lens, and 3) ensure that appropriate response strategies and safeguards are implemented should unintended consequences be identified.

  • Ensure that youth, gender and inclusion program activities are results-oriented.

  • Prepare and facilitate trainings on youth, gender, diversity and general inclusion topics for staff, local partners, including the private sector, and beneficiaries.

  • Collaborate with all staff to ensure youth, gender, and ethno-cultural identity are integrated throughout all operational and programmatic areas and is in accordance with USAID policy.


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field, preferably sociology, gender studies, youth development, or economics; Master’s degree preferred.

  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant and progressive work experience in developing countries conducting youth, gender, or social analyses, including with on-the-ground participatory approaches to research.

  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant and progressive work experience in developing countries mainstreaming gender, youth, and/or other social inclusion themes in agriculture, workforce development, or market systems development programming, or related field.

  • Relevant and progressive work experience managing a multi-cultural team

  • Understanding and experience with USAID’s youth, gender, and value chain techniques and approaches.

  • Excellent communication skills for a wide audience of stakeholders.

  • Fluent spoken, written, and reading abilities in English and Spanish is required.

How to apply:

Please apply online at or at No phone calls please. Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and people from diverse groups are encouraged to apply. ACDI/VOCA will never solicit a payment from any applicant.

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