#NIGERIA - Cuso International Vacancy: Project Director - YouLead, Calabar

Cuso International is an international development non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Canada.  For over 50 years, we have worked with our overseas partner groups to help reduce global poverty and inequality.  The Cuso International program focuses on inclusive access to education and health, economic opportunity and wealth creation, sustainable resource management and good governance and access to justice. We deliver programs in a variety of countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Caribbean through agency agreements and/or legal partnerships with other NGOs and institutions. In each country where we work, Cuso International considers direct people-to-people engagement to be a key asset and strives to build inclusive partnerships for development working with volunteers and  partners.

In Nigeria – Cross  River State
Job Title: Project Director - YouLead
Reports to: Director, Programs & Partnerships
Location: Calabar, Nigeria
Status: Three (3) year fixed-term contract, renewable
Competition closing date:  June 22 , 2014, 11:59 EST

Cuso International is currently implementing a new five year, $15M project Youth Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Access and Development Project (YouLead) funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development that will support the creation of youth-led enterprises and employment for young women and men in the natural resource sector in Cross River State, Nigeria. Cuso International and implementing partners will develop a youth-driven approach to support sustainable economic activities in key sectors (forestry, agriculture, aquaculture and eco-tourism) identified by the CRS government and other key stakeholders. The project will also strengthen capacity of government at State and LGA levels, youth serving civil society organizations, training organizations, and financial institutions to develop and implement a policy framework as the basis of increasing employment, self-employment and secured livelihoods for young women and men in the natural resource sectors.

Reporting to the Director of Programs and Partnership, the YouLead Project Director will act as the Senior Staff member representing Cuso International in Nigeria, providing strategic leadership to the YouLead project and Cuso International’s Nigerian programs. The Project Director is ultimately accountable for the effective and efficient achievement of YouLead project objectives and outcomes. The Project Director will ensure Cuso International maintains a high profile in relevant networks and will seek to establish strong relationships with government, private sector, civil society and Canadian representatives in Nigeria.  He/She will also ensure strong and productive linkages with Cuso International’s North American based staff located in Washington and Ottawa.

The job description, including a full list of responsibilities & qualifications can be found on the Cuso International website: http://www.cusointernational.org 

How to apply:
Expressions of interest, including a cover letter and résumé, should be sent no later than June 22, 2014, 11:59 pm (EST) to youlead@cusointernational.org. Only candidates considered for interviews will be contacted.

Cuso international aims to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sectors of society.