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Transition Manager (YALI)

FHI 360

FHI 360

South Africa
Posted on Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Job Summary:

FHI 360 seeks qualified candidates to serve as Transition Manager for an anticipated USAID project supporting the next-generation expression of the Regional Leadership Centers (RLCs) component of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI), the United States’ premier investment in young African leaders. As the on-continent component of the YALI program, in 2015 USAID launched four YALI RLCs at higher education institutions in Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, and South Africa. The RLCs have provided access to leadership and skills training to 22,000 young leaders aged 18–35 from 49 sub-Saharan countries in three tracks: business and entrepreneurship, public management, and civic leadership. YALI Legacy and Localization (YALI L&L)will build on the RLC foundation to create an expanded pan-African youth development model that will harmonize training curricula, serve underrepresented/underserved youth, build alumni network capacity and professional development opportunities, and develop new program-related partnerships with the private sector and other collaborators and donors.

This position is contingent on donor funding.

Reporting to the Chief of Party, the Transition Manager will provide technical leadership to activities under Intermediate Result (IR) 1 – Strengthened and Harmonized YALI Africa. The Transition Manager will lead a team providing technical, operational and materials assistance to build YALI Africa’s capacity as an organization to lead YALI effectively, efficiently and in partnership with the existing and any future YALI RLCs. The Transition Manager will equip YALI Africa with the skills and resources to fulfill the vision of a unified, African-led organization equipped with the skills and resources to coordinate, improve, and expand activities such as recruitment, curriculum, and alumni management. Under IR1, YALI L&L will cultivate partnerships with the private sector, foundations, host governments, universities, and YALI alumni to diversify and sustain YALI funding, and will strengthen the capacity of YALI Africa and other local partners to receive direct USAID funding.

The Transition Manager will develop and complete workplans, share technical expertise and guidance related to capacity strengthening and partnership activities, manage consultants, ensure technical excellence in interventions delivered, and track capacity strengthening achievements across the program. The TM will also play a critical role in knowledge management and be responsible for finding opportunities for knowledge sharing on capacity development interventions across the program, draft and support staff to implement guidance related to capacity strengthening activities and contribute substantially to deliverables and knowledge products.


  • Technical Requirements:

  • Provide technical leadership to activities related to capacity strengthening, harmonization of services, and partnerships.

  • Liaise and coordinate with key collaborators, including YALI Africa, RLCs, alumni chapters, and other key counterparts including host institutions, government officials, private sector, and civil society organizations.

  • Mentor junior technical staff in tracking, analysis, and synthesis of capacity results to advance learning both within the program and externally.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Project Design and Implementation

  • Coordinate closely with the technical staff at the project office in Kenya and with YALI RLC staff in Kenya, Ghana, Senegal, and South Africa to ensure that IR1 activities are in line with program objectives and goals, and workplan deliverables, and needs identified by key YALI collaborators and counterparts.

  • Provide technical leadership in design, development, planning, implementation; and capacity strengthening of specific technical components of the project.

  • Provide technical input into the project plan, budgeting, program reporting, and other deliverables related to IR1 activities within the given resource and financial constraints

  • Maintain a constructive dialogue and technical exchange with field counterparts and technical staff members of implementing partners

  • Manage the IR1 team within the program (consultants and staff),

  • Serve as an internal technical resource on relevant issues or facilitates connections between staff members and divisions as and where needed.

Operations Management

  • Raise challenges or issues to project leadership, as needed.

Project/Program Reporting:

  • Support the tracking of technical assistance and refinement of IR1 activities.

  • Support documentation and collation of lessons learned, standard processes, and success stories from IR1.

  • Review and strengthen regular programmatic reporting on IR1 activities.

  • Help in the development and review of work plans related to IR1 activities.

  • Ensure collaboration with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team on tracking of indicators and other MEL activities related to IR1.

Quality Assurance

  • Ensure technical deliverables related to capacity strengthening from assigned countries are of high quality and meet client / funder contractual obligations

Applied Knowledge & Skills:

  • Ensure appropriate and timely technical support for activities.

  • Strong knowledge and skills on local partner capacity strengthening and training methodologies, specifically supporting local organizations to receive direct USAID funding.

  • Strong knowledge and skills on youth leadership development through training, networking, and related activities.

  • Strong knowledge and skills on cultivating partnerships with diverse collaborators such as foundations, private sector employers, government officials, and civil society organizations.

  • Strong knowledge and skills on gender equity and social inclusion.

  • Solid knowledge of standards for capacity strengthening, operational processes and procedures, work, and task flow.

  • Has the ability to lead projects, set realistic priorities, and plan for the successful implementation of activities.

  • Knowledge of business development processes, specifically proposal development, within an international NGO context.

  • Proficient writing and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to lead their own work to job to meet performance standards.

  • Must be able to read, write and speak fluent English.

Supervision Given/Received

  • May supervise other staff members.

  • Self-motivated, proactive orientation to setting and achieving priorities and meeting deadlines.

  • Works under general guidelines for completion and accuracy as determined by the supervisor.


  • Master’s Degree or its International Equivalent in a relevant field such as Business, Public Policy, Organizational Development, or Education, or a BA with commensurate work experience.


  • 8+ years of proven experience in technical implementation of complex, multifaceted projects and/or programs, including management experience and experience with donor-funded projects.

  • Documented experience providing technical assistance and business development related to capacity strengthening and/or youth leadership.

  • Prior work experience in a non-governmental organization (NGO), government agency, or private organization.

  • Advanced French language skills preferred.

Typical Physical Demands

  • Typical office environment.

  • Ability to spend long hours looking at a computer screen and doing repetitive work on a keyboard.

  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time.

Technology to be Used

  • Personal Computer/Laptop, Microsoft applications (i.e., Office 365, SharePoint, Skype/Zoom/Teams), cell phone/mobile technology, and standard office equipment.


  • Periodic international travel required to YALI RLC countries (Ghana, Senegal, and South Africa).

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

Our values and commitments to safeguarding: FHI 360 is committed to preventing any type of abuse, exploitation and harassment in our work environments and programs, including sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment. FHI 360 takes steps to safeguard the welfare of everyone who engages with our organization and programs and requires that all personnel, including staff members and volunteers, share this commitment and sign our code of conduct. All offers of employment will be subject to appropriate screening checks, including reference, criminal record and terrorism finance checks. FHI 360 also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme (MDS), facilitated by the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response. In line with the MDS, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any substantiated findings of sexual abuse, exploitation and/or harassment during the applicant’s tenure with previous employers. By applying, job applicants confirm their understanding of these recruitment procedures and consent to these screening checks.

FHI 360 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws.

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