Positive Youth Specialist: Guatemala

NDI - National Democratic Institute

Guatemala City, Guatemala

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) is seeking a Positive Youth Development Specialist based in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The primary responsibilities of the position will be to provide technical leadership on positive youth development approaches to support the meaningful civic and political engagement of Guatemalan youth. Fluency in Spanish is required and fluency in English preferred. Guatemalan nationals are encouraged to apply.

A multi-year commitment is expected for this position. This position is contingent upon the availability of funding for the anticipated youth political leadership program in Guatemala and donor approval of personnel. The Positive Youth Development Specialist will liaise with the Deputy Chief of Party and report to the Chief of Party.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide technical leadership for NDI’s youth political leadership program in Guatemala, including the planning and coordination of activities at the grassroots, mid-level and national level to harness emerging political leadership in Guatemala and incorporate youth - including young boys and girls - from at-risk, high violence, urban marginalized communities with the goal of developing an inclusive, representative next generation of civil society and political leaders;
  • Manage activities supporting at-risk youth and politically active citizens to develop the skills and knowledge to be effective leaders and advocates for a more secure and accountable Guatemala;
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with Guatemalan civil society and government leaders;
  • Manage project staff teams throughout Guatemala, and provide technical assistance, as needed, to program partners and beneficiaries on youth development and political organizing, advocacy, conflict resolution and mitigation, policy and platform development, gender mainstreaming and inclusion of marginalized populations, and strategic communications;
  • Coordinate with USAID-funded programs working with youth to identify and recruit participants and ensure complementary project implementation;
  • Provide technical input on program materials, including work plans and reports that evaluate program developments;
  • Support monitoring and evaluation processes to measure program impact, results and high-quality data collection, analysis and reporting;
  • Regularly gather and analyze feedback from program participants and manage adaptations to program design and implementation based on participants’ needs


  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree in relevant field preferred or three years additional experience; A minimum of ten (10) years total experience in youth development;
  • Demonstrative technical expertise in positive youth development and political organizing; Must have excellent track record of achieving results in positive youth development, particularly youth engagement and participation; experience in gender mainstreaming and inclusion of marginalized populations strongly preferred,
  • Experience in USAID-funded program management desireable;
  • Demonstrated training experience and workshop facilitation skills;
  • Proven capacity to communicate skills and experience to others as a trainer and advisor;
  • Superior oral and written communications skills to effectively present information in a clear and persuasive manner;
  • Extensive project management and coordination skills;
  • Exceptional analytical skills for interpreting complex program and political issues;
  • Experience working and living in Guatemala or region is preferred;
  • Knowledge of Google applications, PC-based word processing, database and spreadsheet applications, and e-mail technology;
  • Fluent in written and spoken Spanish; preferred English communication skills.

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