Youth Empowerment and Employability Advisor

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Nairobi

Plan International


Plan International is a leading rights-based development and humanitarian organization focused on improving the lives of children worldwide. We are an independent, non-political, and non-religious organization. Our mission is to create a just world that upholds children’s rights and promotes gender equality. With over 80 years of experience, we have established strong partnerships in more than 70 countries.


Plan International Kenya’s (PIK) strategic goal for the next five years is to eradicate teenage pregnancies and eliminate all forms of sexual and gender-based violence against adolescent girls and young women. We strive to create a safe and empowering environment where girls and young women are valued, cared for equally, and have equal opportunities. Our ambition is to directly impact approximately 2.75 million children, including girls and young women, from 2022 to 2026, and extend our reach through various interventions.


As the Youth Empowerment and Employability Advisor, you will play a pivotal role in developing a comprehensive Youth Empowerment and Employability (YEE) program aligned with Plan Kenya’s Country Strategy and Plan International’s Global purpose. Your responsibilities will include promoting employment opportunities, enhancing employability, entrepreneurship skills, and financial capability among adolescents and young people. Additionally, you will integrate YEE into our existing programs, improve programming quality by training field staff and partners, engage with government and other stakeholders to drive policy reforms, and position PIK within the YEE ecosystem. Moreover, your active participation in resource mobilization efforts will contribute to achieving Plan Kenya’s ambitious goals for girls and youth in Kenya.



  1. Bachelor’s degree preferably in social science, Sociology, Development Studies, Gender and Development, International Affairs, Economics, or a related field.
  2. Minimum of 3 years of experience in a leadership/managerial role.
  3. At least 7 years of demonstrable experience in skill development, youth employment, entrepreneurship, livelihood, with a focus on gender transformation and private sector engagement.
  4. Proven success in fundraising, innovative and rights-based program development for women’s and girls’ economic empowerment.
  5. Experience in advocacy, partnership-building, and representing organizations at a high level externally.
  6. Strong conceptual and strategic thinking skills.
  7. Commitment to Plan values and willingness to abide by Child and Young People Safeguarding Policy while holding others accountable.
  8. Excellent presentation and communication skills.
  9. Exceptional organizational, planning, coordination, and reporting abilities.
  10. Flexibility and ability to multitask under pressure.
  11. Effective interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships with colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
  12. Fluency in written and spoken English is mandatory. Fluency in Swahili is desirable.


  1. Master’s degree preferably in social science, Sociology, Development Studies, Gender and Development, International Affairs, Economics, or a related field.
  2. Demonstrated experience in coaching and mentoring staff on youth empowerment strategies.
  3. Expertise in designing and providing technical support/management for Youth Empowerment and Employability programs.
  4. Advocacy experience at national and county levels on youth empowerment systems and structures.
  5. Strong experience in resource mobilization with various donors.
  6. Ability to thrive in frequently changing contexts.
  7. Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  8. Leadership analysis and coaching skills.

Languages required

Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English

EXPERT Tips To Be A Successful Applicant

To excel in your application for the Youth Empowerment and Employability Advisor role at Plan International, consider the following tips:

  1. Align with Our Mission: Familiarize yourself with Plan International’s mission and values, and demonstrate your commitment to advancing children’s rights and gender equality.
  2. Highlight Relevant Experience: Showcase your experience in youth empowerment, gender transformation, and program development, especially focusing on women’s and girls’ economic empowerment.
  3. Showcase Advocacy Skills: Emphasize your ability to build partnerships, influence policy, and represent organizations at high-level external forums.
  4. Demonstrate Leadership: Provide examples of your leadership and managerial skills, as well as your coaching and mentoring abilities.
  5. Be Fluent in Communication: Clearly articulate your ideas in written and spoken English, and if possible, also highlight fluency in Swahili.
  6. Emphasize Adaptability: Demonstrate your flexibility to thrive in dynamic and changing contexts, a valuable skill in our organization.
  7. Exhibit Problem-Solving Skills: Highlight your analytical and problem-solving abilities, which are essential for driving successful programs.

By following these expert tips, you can strengthen your application and increase your chances of becoming a vital part of Plan International’s efforts to empower youth and promote gender equality in Kenya.

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