10 Nov Organizational Learning & Development Lead

Location: Canada (remote)
Commitment:  3-months (full-time)
Start Date: November 2020
Compensation: $36.90/hour

About Youth Challenge International (YCI)

YCI is a leading global youth development organization that promotes youth innovation to drive positive change. Together with our partners, we create market-ready solutions that catapult youth around the world to succeed and prosper; we are driven by youth and their potential to affect positive change in the world. Our solutions are focused – always keeping the young people we are designing for and with at the center of the conversation. Our approach is rooted in creativity and constantly evolving to respond to changing needs and market realities.  YCI is an organization where diversity and talent come together to shape a better future for youth around the world.

HerStart Innovate the Future

HerStart Innovate the Future is a 7-year program developed by Youth Challenge International and funded by Global Affairs Canada that targets the development of young entrepreneurs, primarily women, 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, social impact measurement, and access to finance through the HerStart Catalyst Fund. Volunteers in fellowship placements from Canada and each program country will be engaged in providing human capital support for activities by supporting the design and delivery of the program and capacity building initiatives with partner organizations in each country. This initiative will provide programmatic support for organizations to more effectively deliver environmental and gender-responsive activities that drive sustainable and equitable business ventures. The entrepreneurial ecosystem in each country will be further catalyzed to identify and reduce gendered barriers, which will foster more enabling environments, including access to finance, for young women entrepreneurs.

HerStart Learning & Capacity Development

HerStart places a strong focus on capacity development and learning across the program and with partners in each country in particular. In Year 1 the priority is to develop Partner Sustainability Plans which will be utilized to identify assets, opportunities, gaps and needs of the partners in relation to the programmatic focus of HerStart and the local social entrepreneurship ecosystem. These plans will be monitored regularly, updated annually and will be used as a baseline for determining capacity building initiatives that will support the tailored learning and development of each partner and the sustainability of the project activities. Identified strengths and assets will be leveraged across the project through a Community of Practice approach.

Organizational Learning & Development Lead

Reporting to the Director of Programs, the Organizational Learning & Development Lead will research, develop and advise on the implementation of strategic, creative and participatory solutions for learning and capacity development with partners and across the project. The Lead will drive the development of an assessment process for partners and advise on the framework and implementation for a project wide Community of Practice.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Design – Review current tools, approaches and best practices for capacity assessments and organizational learning. Engage partners and key stakeholders in a human centred design process to elicit feedback and insights on the tools and approaches. Design and propose a process for capacity assessments and organizational learning across the program based on emerging themes and best practices.
  • Tool Development – Develop engaging and participatory tools and platforms for the ongoing capacity assessment and organizational learning of each partner and across the project.
  • Strategy and Learning – Advise on the strategic implementation and measurement of the identified approach, platforms and tools. Provide guidance required to establish and sustain vibrant and effective Partnership Sustainability Plans and corresponding Communities of Practice that contribute to the achievement of the program’s learning outcomes.
  • Project Support – Support the Director, Programs on other initiatives and activities as required.

Skills and Experience: 

You are a self-starter with 5+ years of experience in organizational learning and capacity development with an international lens; you have a demonstrated track record of designing and implementing successful organizational development initiatives, including innovative, cutting-edge approaches to organizational assessments and learning; you have proven ability to conduct strengths and needs assessments and recommend appropriate activities to develop skills and promote organizational learning and change; you hold extensive knowledge of organizational learning theory and practice; you are aware of the approach of Global Affairs Canada to capacity building; you have expertise in design thinking and are passionate about organizational learning and the opportunity to integrate innovation in capacity building approaches; you work respectfully and inclusively with diverse stakeholders; you are an effective communicator with excellent written and verbal English proficiency.

How to apply:

Please submit a cover letter and CV (as a single PDF document, maximum 3 pages). Your cover letter should outline your approach to the scope of work.

The deadline to apply is November 23, however applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so we encourage early submissions.



We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.