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Global Project Employment in rural areas with focus on youth -
Country Package Kenya

StatusPrequalification
PositionInternational & National Experts
Origin of fundingDeutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Eschborn, Germany
Duration11/2020-06/2024

Contact

Please send your CV to:

marita.muenks@pem-consult.de

Against the background of rising population figures and insufficient (non-agricultural) employment opportunities, the employment of young people in rural areas represents a central challenge for Africa. In Kenya, 70 % of the population live in rural areas, with 80 % of them directly employed in agriculture. Each year, 1.2 million youth enter the labour market, but only about 500,000 jobs are created, mainly in the informal sector. Thus, the unemployment rate for youth is about three times the national average.

Due to limited employment opportunities in the manufacturing and service sectors, the agricultural and food industry must continue to provide a large proportion of the jobs and income opportunities for the young generation in the short and medium term. It is estimated that food demand will increase by 55 % due to a growing population and  urbanization by 2030. Professionalization of smallholder farming, domestic food processing as well as increasing digitalisation of the agricultural sector offer growth and employment potential especially for the young generation. However, effective approaches to employment promotion in rural areas, especially for young people, have not yet been properly identified, sufficiently piloted and institutionalized in the development strategies of partner countries (core problem). The module objective for the country package Kenya of the global project “Employment in rural areas with focus on youth” (in short: Rural youth employment – RYE) therefore is: “The training and employment situation in rural areas has improved, especially for young people”.

 

Experts' Profiles:

1. Team Leader (40 % intermittent)

  • University qualification in economics, agricultural economy, or related study topics
  • Very good business language skills in English (CEFRL: C1)
  • 10 years of professional experience in rural development, employment
  • 5 years in rural employment promotion with focus on youth, local economic development, agric. value chain development, MSME and startup promotion, private sector cooperation
  • 6 years of management/leadership experience as project team leader or manager in a company
  • 3 years of experience in projects in East Africa (region)
  • 6 years of experience in DC projects
  • Experience in financial management

2. National Technical Expert 1 (Deputy Team Leader - 100%)

  • University qualification in agriculture, agribusiness, economy or related fields
  • English (CEFRL: C1), Suaheli (CEFRL: C1)
  • General experience in Agricultural Value Chain Development, Agricultural production
  • Specific experience in services around agriculture, contract farming, cooperation with the private sector, farmer organizations
  • 5 years’ leadership/ management experience
  • 7 years’ experience working in Kenya
  • 4 years’ experience working in DC

 

3. National Technical Expert 2 (100%)

  • University qualification in agriculture, agribusiness,  economy or related fields
  • English (CEFRL: C1), Suaheli (CEFRL: C1)
  • General experience in Agricultural Value Chain Development, Private sector development
  • Specific experience in services around agriculture (e.g. mechanisation, input sector), business promotion,  agricultural markets
  • 5 years’ experience working in Kenya
  • 3 years’ experience working in DC and 2 years in the private sector

4. Short-term expert pool

  • University qualification in agriculture, agribusiness, economy, adult education, information and communication technology or related fields
  • General experience in Agricultural Value Chain Development, Private sector development
  • Specific experience in services around agriculture (e.g. mechanisation, input sector), business promotion,  agricultural finance, agricultural markets, digitalization
  • 5 years’ experience working in East Africa

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