Mentorship lead- OYE project: Mutare

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Mentorship lead- OYE project: Mutare :


  • Mutare
  • Full Time

Job Summary

OYE project overview :
SNV is implementing the Opportunities for Youth Employment (OYE), a market-driven and private sector led project which aims to create youth (self) employment in Zimbabwe. The project is funded by SDC and SIDA and targets 10,000 youth aged 18-35 years of age (among whom at least 50% are young women) by creating “green” employment and enterprise opportunities in agriculture, energy and other emerging sectors. The project intends to sustainably increase youth employment and income by skills and capacity development of youth (push factor), linking these youth to market opportunities for employment and enterprise development (match factor), in growth sectors that have concrete potential for employment creation (pull factor). The project which started in May 2019 will run until December 2023 and is being implemented in two metropolitan provinces; Harare and Bulawayo and 10 districts; Mutasa, Mutare urban, Chikomba, Goromonzi, Mutoko, Murewa, Umzingwane, Matobo, Mangwe and Umguza.

2. Purpose of the assignment

The OYE project is midway into its third year of implementation under SIDA funding while it is entering its third year under SDC. Significant progress has been made on some of the key indicators of the project while some are still lagging. The indicator tracking dashboard is showing the following key milestones for the key indicators. To date 10134 youth have signed up for the OYE project, 7548 have received training in soft skills that include Basic life, leadership, and business skills, 3215 have been trained in technical skills across the different value chain opportunities, 1952 are registered to have entered (self) employment while 690 have received mentorship. These figures show significant progress towards the achievement of training targets while significantly more work is still outstanding on pushing the youth to enter (self)employment and the attendant mentorship support. Considering these lop-sided results consultations have been held across the project to come up with the best fit-for-purpose structure for the implementation of the project to be efficient and allow Local Service Providers to effectively achieve their deliverables. The outcome of the consultations held with LSPs during the Q4 LSP conference in Nyanga, and internal team has been to restructure the current model through rationalising the workstreams of LSPs to adopt a structure that has anchor LSPs that are supported by specialised technical LSP focussing on financial services support and gender and social inclusion. The structure also seeks to streamline the Mentorship function of the project. Mentorship will be overseen a lead person who will be an Anchor LSP staff member that will be seconded to SNV. in line with this new thrust that is proposed the 4 broader workstreams that were previously tasked to one local service provider responsible for a district are to be re-assigned as follows.

# Broader workstream Responsible functionary
1 Local level stakeholder management, Opportunity identification, youth registration, training, and capacity development Anchor LSP
2 Financial products rollout Financial services support LSP
3 Mentorship and Coaching Mentorship lead
4 Gender equality and social inclusion GESI LSP

These terms of reference outline the Scope of work of the Mentorship lead and how the role of the Mentorship lead interacts with other implementation functionaries.

3. Scope of work for the Mentorship lead

The broader role of the Mentorship lead is to consolidate youth wage employment and enterprise development efforts under the OYE project. Mentorship and coaching are designed to complement the soft ( life, leadership and business) and technical skills training and assist the youth to successfully develop their business plans, start and sustainably run their businesses and uncover potential opportunities The Mentorship lead is expected to lead the process of youth acquiring the tools and skills needed for them to further develop their business ideas, successfully manage their enterprises as well employment for the youth that choose the wage employment pathway. The OYE pathway is non-linear in terms of youth progression from registration to (self) employment. The time the youth take to the result also varies from youth to youth. The Mentorship lead is expected to engage all the youth that have signed up for the OYE and progressing through the pathway, arranging initial contact and drafting the mentorship agreement based identified needs and conducting subsequent sessions until the objectives of mentorship are attained

Duties and Responsibilities

Specifically, the Mentorship lead is expected to carry out the following tasks.

1) To establish an inventory of Youth led enterprises- group and individual enterprises- that have been formed or strengthened under the OYE project in terms of the sector, date established, type of enterprise and ownership details and any other information that is relevant. And, ensure the same tallies with the Youth enterprise information contained in the database
2) To establish an inventory of OYE youth that have entered formal wage employment through project interventions either post-basic life skills and/or technical skills training.
3) To arrange for initial contact sessions with the Youth Led Enterprises and wage employed youth to develop a mentorship plan that builds on the strengths and address the gaps of the YLE to enhance the ability of the young people realize their potential, focusing on their assets rather than problems.
4) Guided by the Advanced Business skills manual and other relevant training material to support the emerging entrepreneurs sharpen their business ideas and to strengthen existing businesses through one on-one coaching for a minimum of 4 sessions, making use of the business model canvas and business management tools as well providing expert advice on future steps.
5) Where applicable, to identify and orient and connect potential mentors (successful entrepreneurs, experts) to OYE youth for mentorship and coaching.
6) To provide one to one mentoring and coaching to youth pursuing the wage employment pathway on aspects of career guidance, facilitating job fairs, CV writing and preparation for interviews
7) To establish Youth Saving and Lending (YSAL) groups via a self-selection method and train the group in effectively running the YSLAs, monitoring their formation and functionality (amount saved and purpose of the savings) including linking these YSL groups with formal financial institutions for credit
8) To monitor contract farming arrangement brokered between the young farmers and private sector companies to ensure positive outcomes of the agreements
9) To facilitate participation in entrepreneurship fairs, networking and business sharing platforms for new and emerging youth entrepreneurs to exhibit their products and services and network.
10) for youth entrepreneurs and business leaders in green sectors
11) To monitor the progress of each mentee and record a short report after each meeting using the mentorship tracking tools.

4. Deliverables

1) Inventory of youth led enterprises (YLE) updated and maintained in the database
2) Mentorship plans for all the mentor-mentee relations established
3) Mentorship reports (Mentorship should aim for at least 4 mentorship sessions held under each mentorship plan)
4) Mentorship and training list of identified eco-system actors (private sector, training institutions, subject matter experts) who will mentor and coach OYE youth
5) Completed mentorship tracking tools documenting each mentorship session captured in OYE database and hard copies filed.
6) Inventory of youth entering wage employment updated and maintained in the OYE database
7) Monthly progress report submitted directly to SNV

5. About the Mentorship lead?

Mentorship lead will be a staff member of the Anchor local service provider implementing OYE activities in the assigned district of operation. The LSP staff will be seconded to SNV and assigned to work under SNV’s direct supervision to carry out the tasks outlined above. Renumeration for the Mentorship lead will be paid by SNV through monthly invoices raised separately by the anchor LSP. The Mentorship lead only comes to bolster the existing Anchor LSP staff complement within the district, hence we do not expect a reduction in the district staff complement. In the bid to ensure efficient operationalisation of this Mentorship lead we recommend that they be availed with a motorbike, smart phone and data bundles, to ensure mobility and effective communication. The overall efforts and results derived by the Mentorship lead will be claimed under the Anchor LSP current contract.

Qualifications and Experience

Qualifications and experience

• A recognised qualification in Business studies, Development studies, Economics or Agribusiness
• Expertise in areas such business plan development, financial management and financial literacy training, communications & marketing capacity development
• Expertise in Youth saving and lending groups establishment
• Excellent written and oral communication skills and presentation skills.
• Experience in the delivery of youth initiatives focusing on employment and enterprise development.
• Ability to ride a motorbike is a must

How to Apply

Female candidates are encouraged to apply

Kindly send CVs to [email protected] by 1600hours: Tuesday 17 May 2022


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