Job Vacancy For Field Officer (3 Positions)



About us:

Youth Empowerment Synergy (YES-Ghana) is an ECOSOC-accredited NGO at the forefront of youth development policy, practice and research in Ghana. For more than 15 years, we have provided tailored skills training for youth, leading to improvements in their leadership, financial literacy, entrepreneurship and life planning skills. Through our service delivery, we have provided education, skills training, and technical support to thousands of youth and helped them transition to self and wage employment. Our research has contributed to filling the gap in youth data and the evidence base for public policy. And, we continue to use our national appeal and grassroots constituency, through our Voices of Youth Coalition, to advocate and campaign for youth-inclusive policies at all levels. We are entering an exciting phase of growth at YES-Ghana and are looking for new people to help take us forward.

Purpose of the role:

• As a Field Officer, you will promote our PASEWAY project to young people in target communities through various awareness creation events in order to sensitize and recruit participants who will benefit from the various offerings of the project.
• Based in our main office in East Legon, Accra, you will work as a team of field officers to develop a mobilisation and recruitment strategy to guide your work across the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area.
• You will be the first point of contact for all young people in target locations, and, together with the team of field officers, you will utilise your IT skills to collect and maintain records of participants using our dedicated Participant Information Management System. It is also essential that you can work from a place of empathy with all grassroots actors – including local government officials, traditional authorities, opinion leaders, local NGOs, our network of youth-led organisations, and young people themselves.
• If you are passionate about working at the very grassroots of development, interested in becoming an agent of change in local communities, and enjoy working in a fast-paced and creative organisation, then we would love to hear from you.

Responsibilities

• Lead the development of a comprehensive strategy for participant mobilisation, screening and recruitment activities across target communities
• Provide support in the search for and recruitment of field volunteers who will support mobilisation, screening and recruitment activities across target communities
• Spearhead engagement with key community contacts, including local government officials, traditional authorities, opinion leaders, local NGOs, and youth-led organisations to ensure that the programme is fully supported at community level
• Promote the project’s offerings to young people in target communities within the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area through various awareness creation activities and community outreach programmes, including through roadshows, street floats, durbars, radio discussions, etc
• Take lead in participant registration, screening and recruitment exercises in the field, including entering and storing relevant data of interested participants in the Participant Information Management System (PIMS); ensure that PIMS is regularly updated as participants’ progress through the various stages of the project
• Ensure that recruitment activities target the marginalised and the most vulnerable youth, including young people in the most deprived target communities, young women, and young people with disabilities, and ensuring that at least 50% of all young people selected for the project are young women
• Maintain accurate records and minutes of all activities and ensure these are shared with the wider project team
• Participate in all project planning, development and review meetings; including participation in the review of data collected from the field and in any planned assessments and reviews of the project
• Ensure the appropriate use of field materials and equipment such as brochures, posters, t-shirts, banners, tablets, and phones in line with usage policy
• Provide support in the search for and recruitment of soft skills trainers across target communities
• Identify and procure training centres across target communities and facilitate scheduling of soft skills training programmes, as well as organise all the logistics necessary for organising soft skills training for youth participants at the community level
• Participate in the evaluation of sessions or trainings delivered to volunteers and young people
• Take lead in communicating with all project participants and serve as the first point of contact for youth participants, including supporting their engagement across the various offerings of the project – recruitment, documentation, orientation, training, job placement, business development assistance, mentoring/coaching support, access to the services at the Youth Hub for Innovation and Skills, ongoing participant support, among others
• Lead in managing and resolving day-to-day challenges and issues affecting field operations, especially targeted young people, local stakeholders, and rollout of field activities
• Support the project’s communications and dissemination effort by capturing quality videos and photos from the field, as well as your own experiences by way of blogs and features
• Collect and compile M&E data, and submit regular progress reports of field activities, including progress towards weekly and monthly targets, community engagement activities, participant management, etc
• Other duties may be required from time to time, including responsibilities which require work on weekends and holidays for which time off in lieu (TOIL) may be taken

Qualification Required & Experience

Person specification:

• Paid or voluntary work experience in youth development
• Preparedness to work with marginalised youth in deprived communities
• Experience in mobilising communities, community leaders and young people to participate in programmes
• Ability to motivate and support young people
• Strong problem solving skills appropriate for young people
• Strong facilitation skills
• Good report writing skills
• Knowledge and familiarity with data collection tools and techniques
• A strong commitment to YES-Ghana’s aims, methods and values
• Experience in budgeting and handling finances to deliver field activities
• Computer literacy; (word, excel, power point, electronic databases)
• An ability to plan/schedule work activities independently, with minimum supervision
• Fluency in English required, alongside Twi, Ga and/or Ewe

Salary & benefits:

• Competitive salary structure
• Accra Cost of Living allowance
• 13th month salary
• SSNIT contributions
• Medical and dental cover
• Group Personal Accident cover
• Time off in lieu (TOIL)
• Annual leave
• Sick leave
• Parental leave (maternal and paternal)
• 2 weeks Christmas and New Year break
• Professional development initiatives

Location: Accra

How To Apply For The Job

Please submit a one-page motivation letter and an updated CV to:

[email protected]  Please use Field Officer as the subject line of your email.

Be sure to highlight in the motivation letter how specifically you meet the qualifications, skills and experience requirements for this role. Due to capacity constraints, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Closing Date: 21 February, 2020