Youth Engagement Advisor

Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is an innovative, international adolescent health organisation that educates, inspires and mobilises at-risk young people to overcome their greatest health challenges and live healthier, more productive lives. As a leader in the Sport for Development field, GRS uses the power of soccer to connect young people with the mentors, information and health services they need to thrive, and empowers adolescents to make educated choices about pressing health challenges such as HIV and AIDS, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and gender-based violence. GRS’s evidence-based programmes, led by trained local Coaches, incorporate soccer into dynamic lessons about health and wellness that engage young people and break down cultural barriers. With proven results and a constant focus on research and innovation, GRS has reached over 2 million young people in 50 countries with adolescent-friendly health education.

Position Summary
The Youth Engagement Advisor supports the USAID Integrated Community Agriculture and Nutrition team to implement evidence-based youth friendly approaches across all program activities in the community. The Youth Engagement Advisor will be responsible for coordinating and managing the implementation of youth programming and integrating activities under program objectives. This includes overall program planning, advising on youth-friendly approaches, execution and reporting, ensuring effective delivery of the curriculum, consistent use of the monitoring and evaluation tools, and account management of program budgets. The Youth Engagement Advisor will be based in Kampala and will report to the Grassroot Soccer Partnerships Program Manager.

*Position is contingent upon funding and donor approval.

Key Performance Areas include:

  • Technical Advisor
  • Project Coordination
  • M&E Support
  • Financial Management
  • Special Projects


  • Technical Advisor: Lead on integrating youth-friendly approaches, policies, and standards within all program outputs. Develop and coordinate locally-based youth advisory committee to inform development, field test, and ensure acceptability of youth approaches on all program outputs. Support all partners to execute best practices and integrate youth advisory committee learnings into program activities.
  • Project Coordination: Plan and coordinate all Grassroot Soccer-related project activities, including but not limited to trainings, coach development courses, interventions, and events. Execute all Grassroot Soccer programming according to grant deliverables. Develop and oversee task lists and schedules that effectively allocate time and resources for all project objectives. Manage recruitment, selection, and training of all coaches, volunteers, and program participants.
  • M&E Support: Work with local staff and GRSP to ensure that data submission process is functioning efficiently and effectively. Identify any gaps in data flow process and communicate needs to GRS and employing organization. Assist employing organization to standardize procedures and effective protocols for capturing, submitting and presenting data.
  • Financial Management: Provide the administrative and logistical tasks required to efficiently run partnerships support. Coordinate and track project expenditures. Ensure coaches receive compensation in a timely and appropriate manner. Develop and manage budgets where needed.
  • Please see full job description for additional responsibilities.

Specifications & Competencies

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in social work, public health, development or other social science or related field.
  • Work Experience: 5-7 years experience implementing donor-funded positive youth development programs. 3+ years experience working on USG funded programs. Experience working in Acholi, Kigezi, and/or Karamoja is a plus. Proficiency in standard computing applications.
  • Communication Style: Professional level written and verbal communication skills in English. Ability to interact professionally with diverse groups.
  • Work Style: Attention to detail. Ability to to work in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines and high programme targets. Ability to manage daily work assignments with little supervision. Ability to interact professionally with diverse groups. An interest in sports preferred, and an appreciation of its extraordinary potential to impact social development. Passion for and commitment to Grassroot Soccer’s mission.
  • Please see full job description for additional information and how to apply.

Job Overview

Date Posted

November 17, 2017


Kampala, Uganda

Job Type

Full Time