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Workforce Development Advisor

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Date: 11-Jul-2018

Location: BD

Company: Plan International

The Organisation


Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.


We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination and it is girls who are most affected.


Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.


We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.


We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries. 


The Opportunity


Plan International seeks a Workforce Development Advisor for USAID’s anticipated Workforce Development for Bangladeshi Youth Activity in Bangladesh, a cooperative agreement with an expected budget of approximately $10-$25 million over five years.  If awarded, it is anticipated that the program will start in January 2019.


The goal of the Workforce Development activity is for youth beneficiaries to acquire new or better employment that aligns with Standard Foreign Assistance Indicator EG 6-1. The activity will support youth's skill development, forge linkages with the private sector to facilitate job placement, create an enabling environment for women to engage in employment, and provide continuous support to youth in the Feed the Future Zone of Influence. The workforce development activity will fill the gap in programming by targeting youth ages 15-29, with at least a fifth grade education who are out of school or ineligible to enroll in the public Technical Vocational and Education Training system.




  • Provide technical expertise for activity design, implementation and evaluation to ensure the achievement of project’s goals and objectives
  • Manage partners and lead overall work planning, work breakdown structure and implementation of activities related to training and employment, including vocational, life skills, and entrepreneurship training
  • Conduct field visits to manage the implementation of training and employment activates
  • Assesses labor market, enterprise and training needs
  • Facilitates job placement, job search information mechanisms and job counseling services
  • Facilitates job skills curriculum development, training of trainers and skills training for target beneficiaries with a focus on youth
  • Create  curricula that addresses improved hard and soft skills, strengthen work ethic, and address gender stereotypes
  • Liaises with local governments and intergovernmental organizations, private sector stakeholders, vocational/training institutes and/or other training and educational providers, and other counterparts to devise and facilitate the execution of training and employment in line with program goals


The Person


In order to succeed in the challenging and varied role, you will have extensive experience in the following areas:

  • Master’s degree in agribusiness, education, capacity development or training, business or related field
  • A minimum of eight (8) years’ experience in workforce development, labor market assessments and/or enterprise development in Bangladesh; experience in rural setting preferred
  • Demonstrated experience building strong public-private partnerships to create internships opportunities that are industry specific for both genders
  • Demonstrated experience working with local and international NGOs and donors in employment skills training
  • Deep knowledge of workforce development and agriculture value chains
  • Excellent command of English and Bengali, with strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.


Type of Role: Fixed term contract

Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Salary: Competitive salary available

Reports to:  Chief of Party

Closing Date: July 22, 2018


Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.


Please note that only applications and CVs written in English will be accepted.


A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Child Protection Policy.


As an international child centred community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children's rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.


Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.