COMPANY DESCRIPTION :
Established in 1951, Amideast is an American nonprofit organization dedicated to creating hope, opportunity, and mutual understanding among people in the Middle East, North Africa, and United States through life-changing opportunities for education and cultural exchanges.
Working with local, regional, and international partners, we provide programs and services that improve educational opportunity and quality, expand access to U.
S. study, empower youth and women, strengthen local institutions, and develop language and professional skills for success in the global economy.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Amideast operates offices in 11 countries in the MENA region. For more information, visit us at www.amideast.org.
POSITION DESCRIPTION :
The Regional Director for Workforce Development and Entrepreneurship will be responsible for designing an organization-wide strategy for AMIDEAST’s academic and professional skills training program portfolio comprised of both fee-based and funded programs and activities and for overseeing the implementation of the strategy in the organization’s network of field offices located in the North Africa and Middle East (MENA) region.
The incumbent will provide leadership and subject matter expertise in the areas of youth and professional workforce development and entrepreneurship, with particular emphasis on career planning and development, employability, and small and medium enterprise development.
Working closely with AMIDEAST Headquarters and field office staff, the Regional Director for Workforce Development and Entrepreneurship will identify and promote best practices in workforce development, in entrepreneurship initiatives and eco-systems, and in relationship building with business communities and organizations interested in supporting education and training solutions that address the workforce and employability challenges in the MENA region.
The Regional Director for Workforce Development and Entrepreneurship will also play a substantive role in new business development initiatives, including identifying opportunities, drafting technical and cost proposals, and recruiting subject matter experts for specific projects and assignments.
New business development initiatives will also consist of coordinating responses to formal and informal requests for proposals among various AMIDEAST field offices for regional initiatives, and identifying institutional partnerships that will result in expanding youth- and young professional-oriented training programs offered through the AMIDEAST network.
Based in Rabat, Morocco, the Regional Director for Workforce Development and Entrepreneurship will focus on existing funded projects for youth, entrepreneurship, employability, and community engagement that the AMIDEAST / Morocco field office is implementing, as well as on similar programs that the other AMIDEAST field offices are implementing.
Frequent in-country and in-region travel will be required.
Specific responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to, the following :
Morocco-focused responsibilities :
Survey the existing human resource and community development project and program portfolio in Morocco and provide recommendations for enhancing content and approach to expand reach to more beneficiaries and to increase impact, particularly regarding small and medium enterprise development.
Manage client relationships and daily communications with organizations currently funding the existing youth, workforce development, entrepreneurship, and community development projects and programs that AMIDEAST / Morocco administers.
Assess staffing levels and operational structures at existing funded learning centers in Morocco and make recommendations for increasing effectiveness of operations.
Monitor progress on the implementation of statements of work at these learning centers, and institute systematic approach to evaluate programs and activities.
Establish a network of local and international corporations, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and individuals interested in supporting employability and entrepreneurship activities in Morocco.
Attend planning and committee meetings with clients, and coordinate reporting requirements.
Coordinate strategic planning activities for future multi-year contracts in Morocco.
Field Office-focused responsibilities :
Track trends related to youth, workforce development, entrepreneurship, and employability policies in MENA-region countries and work with headquarters and the field offices regarding strategies to position the organization to pursue donor-funded projects and initiatives that support these policies.
Oversee the implementation of regional corporate social responsibility-funded projects designed to enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of marginalized and underserved populations.
Foster institutional relationships with U.S. and European professional certification organizations and universities, including the expansion of existing relationships throughout the MENA region.
Survey existing academic skills, professional skills, workforce development, and entrepreneurship training programs in the other AMIDEAST field offices, and provide recommendations for enhancing content and approach to expand reach to more beneficiaries and to increase impact, particularly regarding small and medium enterprise development.
In collaboration with field office staff, expand AMIDEAST’s training portfolio geographically as well as topically, coordinating the roll-out of new standardized training programs, where appropriate.
Research and recommend on-line learning courses, platforms, and communication technologies to facilitate and to enhance learning and knowledge sharing experiences, as appropriate.
Coordinate with AMIDEAST’s Regional Director for Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning to ensure the full implementation of M&E systems for all professional skills training programs.
Introduce mechanisms for communicating best practices and successful programs and initiatives among field office training staff.
Periodically assess training delivery in all AMIDEAST offices regarding courses offered, client relations, marketing and sales activities, and resource allocation.
Coordinate the identification and adaptation of training programs and materials to accommodate local market needs.
Oversee the design and develop new academic and professional skills, workforce development, and entrepreneurship training programs based on identified needs.
Participate in country-specific, regional, and international conferences that focus on youth, workforce development, and employability challenges and issues in the MENA region, including serving as a thought leader about these issues by delivering papers and presentations.
QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS :
A Master’s degree in Business Administration, Educational Development, Instructional Systems Development, or a related field.
A minimum of 10 years of management experience, including the oversight of institutional partnerships, projects, and staff.
Demonstrated work experience in low-, medium-, and high-income economies.
Familiarity with educational, governmental, and corporate environments in the MENA region.
Excellent program conceptualization and design skills.
Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience with, monitoring and evaluation activities for youth, workforce development, and entrepreneurship programs and courses.
Demonstrated ability to work within deadlines and to manage multiple priorities.
Strong communication and organizational skills.
Fluency in English, Arabic, and French.
Demonstrated experience in marketing educational, professional, workforce development, and entrepreneurship training programs and services via traditional and online platforms.
Demonstrated business development experience, including designing projects and programs, developing and writing proposals, and preparing budgets.
An ability to balance sensitive political and cultural issues and to develop a board base of working relationships.
WORK ENVIRONMENT :
The incumbent in this position will work in a professional office environment and will utilize the following equipment when working from the corporate office or remote home office (temporarily due to COVID-19).
Computer (laptop or desktop)
Printer / Photocopier / Scanner / Fax
Up to 10% business travel may be needed to support operations as needed.
The physical demands and work environment that have been described is representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
This position description is an overview of the major functions and requirements of this position. This document is not intended to be an exhaustive list encompassing every duty and requirement of the position;
the Employee’s Manager may assign other duties as related or as otherwise deemed appropriate and necessary within the general scope, without the need for additional compensation.
Amideast is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.
Positions that involve interaction with children will be required to read, acknowledge, and comply with and attend special training in accordance with the Child Protection and Safeguarding policy.
All Amideast representatives must comply with the Code of Conduct and all applicable organizational policies which include but are not limited to, Anti-Human Trafficking and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.