Youth Engagement Specialist, Honduras



For over 50 years and in 146 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. ACDI/VOCA currently has approximately 34 projects in 26 countries.


Youth Engagement Specialist, Honduras


ACDI/VOCA is seeking a Youth Engagement Specialist for the USAID-funded Honduras Transforming Market Systems (TMS) Project. The objective of TMS is to foster competitive, resilient, and inclusive market systems that provide increased economic opportunities that incorporate poor, marginalized Hondurans and reduce incentives to migrate. The Youth Engagement Specialist will lead the process of identifying and addressing age- and gender-specific constraints that limit social and economic empowerment, such as mobility, social stigma, early marriage, adolescent pregnancy, decision-making, and access to markets. He/she will be responsible for overseeing youth mainstreaming and integration efforts, emphasizing an inclusive Positive Youth Development Approach, which includes ensuring that youth-based approaches are central in project activities in accordance with the program design and the intended outcomes of the project.


  • Serve as a key member of the technical leadership team in guiding the effective activity implementation and achievement of youth objectives.
  • Oversee the analysis of available desk research and support field assessments, as appropriate, to identify age- and gender- specific challenges and opportunities for youth engagement in on- and off-farm economic opportunities.
  • Lead the development of strategies and interventions that promote the economic and social empowerment of youth, especially young women.
  • Lead the development and implementation of activities that address intergenerational decision-making and promote reductions in early marriage and adolescent pregnancy.
  • Work with the M&E Manager to ensure that data is age-disaggregated and youth impacts and resource utilization are tracked, monitored, analyzed, and reported.
  • Contribute to the creation of work plans and periodic written program reports, summarizing youth results and evidence as well as progress and evidence of transformative approaches.Identify and address capacity building and resource needs for project staff and partners, including training, mentoring, and other support.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in sociology, gender studies, youth development, or international development; Master’s degree preferred.
  • At least 5 years of practical and management experience in youth engagement, preferably with knowledge of USAID’s youth policy and approaches.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and proven successful ability to conduct analyses and gender and youth integration programming required.
  • Experience working within agricultural market systems and value chains, including on-and off-farm livelihood development for young people
  • Experience with youth-friendly research methods and conducting field based assessments.
  • Demonstrated experience working with young people, including experience with participatory and youth-friendly learning methods and content development
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish, English preferred.


Please apply online at No phone calls please. Only finalists contacted. Women and minorities encouraged to apply. EOE.


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