Project Director HerStart: Innovate the Future

Youth Challenge International (YCI)
  • Location
    Toronto, Canada
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
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  • Posted
    Sep 17

Position description

HerStart: Innovate the Future is an initiative developed by Youth Challenge International to foster and create innovative solutions for a more equitable and prosperous economy within Ghana, Tanzania, and Uganda.

The program includes training and support for aspiring entrepreneurs in social enterprise, gender responsive business planning, the measurement of social impact, and access to finance. Canadian volunteers will be engaged in providing human capital support for activities through on-site placements and capacity building initiatives with partner organizations. Additionally, an entrepreneurial ecosystem will be catalyzed to identify and reduce gendered barriers, which will foster more enabling environments for young female entrepreneurs. This funding mechanism will also provide programmatic support for organizations to more effectively deliver gender-responsive activities that drive sustainable business ventures.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Project Director will manage YCI’s HerStart: Innovate the Future project. This includes providing strategic oversight to staff teams and knowledge, learning and evaluation activities, furthering gender equality and gender mainstreaming efforts, providing technical support to programs in the field of youth livelihoods and women’s economic empowerment, coordinating with YCI’s teams to deliver exceptional results, establishing and maintaining positive, collaborative and productive relationships with staff, as well as funding and project partners. The Project Director is a strategic member of the YCI leadership team, with the goal to increase the creativity, quality, efficiency, and the long-term impact of our programs.

We are seeking a passionate, skilled, and creative candidate to deliver exceptional results. We are looking for people to join our team who believe in youth as powerful agents of change, and those who are motivated by contributing to women’s empowerment and advancing both national and global gender equality agendas.

Responsibilities will include:


  • Project Execution: Provide leadership and management to the HerStart: Innovate the Future project, including the coordination and oversight of international project teams; oversee the coordination of technical partners and sub-contractors; oversee the HerStart fellowship program (Canadian volunteer placements) in strategy and implementation planning; manage the HerStart Catalyst Fund development and execution; oversee HerStart risk management, by identifying potential risks that could affect the project at all levels; effectively coordinate with people, operations, finance, project and communication teams to deliver exceptional results; design, monitor, and execute project implementation plans, annual work plans and donor reporting to ensure funder and internal compliance; provide overall management to project budget and financial administration as it relates to HerStart project performance.
  • Technical Execution: Drive exceptional results through a solution-oriented mindset and the technical execution of HerStart; oversee iterative learning, monitoring and evaluation through to policy and practice; provide technical assistance and training across teams; lead gender equality integration and policy and practice development; lead HerStart’s youth livelihoods technical development while consistently driving and exploring innovation.
  • Support to Special Projects and Strategic Initiatives: Provide support to special projects and strategic initiatives in coordination with the Executive Director; perform other duties as requested by the Executive Director.


Skills and Experience:

You have 8+ years of progressively responsible management and leadership experience; you are known as an entrepreneurial leader; you have been fortunate to gain significant global experience and understand what is takes to be a successful partner in sub-Saharan Africa; you are passionate about investing in women and youth livelihoods with a track record in youth livelihoods + innovation; you can demonstrate how you have built effective teams, leadership capacity and partnerships; you exemplify a strategic mindset and are skilled at designing and implementing effective plans to achieve ambitious goals; you understand the importance of culture and how it contributes to success or failure; you celebrate and integrate learnings from both failure and success; you are an effective communicator with bilingual capacity; you are a permanent resident or a Citizen of Canada, residing in Canada.

Please note: This position will involve international travel.


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