Program Manger at Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative (YEDI)

Founded in 2011, YEDI is a not-for-profit organization that has benefitted over 200,000 young people in schools and community sites in Lagos, Abuja, Akwa-Ibom, and Ogun, with evidence-based programs designed to build young people’s assets, facilitate their access to health services, and promote their adherence to healthy behaviours. The YEDI model trains young adult mentors as community change agents to implement age-appropriate and gender-sensitive curricula that combine football metaphors and activities with high impact health information that engage youth and break down cultural barriers.

  • Experience 8 years
  • Location Lagos

Company Description

Youth Development and Empowerment Initiative (YEDI) is a not-for-profit organization that delivers evidence-based programs, in schools and communities, designed to build young people’s assets, facilitate their access to health services, and promote their adherence to healthy behaviours. Since its inception in 2011, YEDI has benefitted over 270,000 young people in schools and community sites in Lagos, Abuja, Akwa-Ibom, and Ogun State.

Job Description

Project Description

The Youth-Powered Ecosystem to Advance Urban Adolescent Health Activity (referred to as YPE4AH) is a five-year (2020 – 2025) USAID-funded project implemented by YEDI and its partners. The primary goal of the project is to improve the health and well-being of urban, underprivileged adolescents aged 15– 19 by increasing voluntary family planning (FP) uptake and continued use—from a holistic, human capital perspective. The youth-powered ecosystem centers on Youth Hubs—safe spaces for youth to seek and access FP and reproductive health (RH) information and referrals. YPE4AH will adapt and scale up evidence-based, high-impact SKILLZ curricula, which combine sports and fun-based activities and group sessions led by Youth Coaches/mentors to spur healthy behavior change and shift attitudes for more equitable gender-sensitive norms. YEDI seeks to engage a qualified Program Manager who would be overall responsible for the project in both locations (Lagos and Kano). While the PM would directly oversee the project in Lagos, S/he would work with a state Coordinator for Kano. The Project Manager will operate under the leadership of the ED and work closely with YEDI’s Program Manager.

Key Performance Indicators

Program Management (50%)

Stakeholder Management (20%)

Financial Management/Governance (20%)

Monitoring and Evaluation (10%)

Major Accountabilities:

Program Management (50%)

  • Program Supervision and Management.
  • Manage project team and site staff to implement the full package of program services for beneficiary youth populations.
  • Oversee all activities, outputs, and outcomes related to project implementation at the state level including timely reporting of all activities conducted, budget development and expenditure monitoring, execution of project plans, and routine project performance monitoring and evaluation.
  • Assist with the development of work plans and program implementation, including overseeing training and capacity building, community-based sensitization and engagement ng, testing and counselling, appropriate linkage and referral to health facilities, and support for retention in SRHR/FP/HIV services, according to work plans, targets, national policy, guidelines, and program SOPs.
  • Work closely with YEDI and its Consortium Lead to identify project staff capacity development needs through periodic performance evaluations.
  • Work with project implementing partners’ operations department to identify training venues, support logistics, and coordinate required supply chains for project sites.
  • Ensure adherence to project requirements, from implementation, compliance, financial management.
  • Plan and coordinate periodic staff meetings across program regions.
  • Organize travel arrangements to and from the central to the regional sites.
  • Liaise with contractors or service providers in performing their scope of work as per agreements and SOPs developed for each region.
  • Represent YEDI/at various relevant forums
  • Act as the principal liaison among service providers, project site staff, and YEDI head office.

Stakeholder Management (20%)

  • Work closely and manage relations with other Consortium Partners
  • Work closely with other consortia technical teams in implementing project activities including supportive supervision and development of reports and other narratives as required.
  • Plan and coordinate periodic partner meetings.

Financial Management/Governance (20%)**

  • In consultation with YEDI’s ED and CFO, prepare the annual budget for programme activities
  • Prepare expenditure projections as and when required
  • Monitor monthly actual expenditure against budgets, identify variances and ensure that the necessary follow up action is taken up with YEDI and central project office.
  • Ensure and enforce programme teams’ compliance with all financial policies and procedures (including procurement)
  • Oversee programmes teams’ service providers/suppliers following the terms and conditions of the relevant contracts.
  • Prepare financial programme documents and reports for management and donor
  • Implement and ensure compliance of the USAID Policies, processes and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Monitoring and Evaluation (10%)

  • Provide input into the development of effective monitoring and evaluation tools and processes for measuring the success of the program.
  • Work with the M&E team to ensure that the project’s indicators are effectively developed and captured
  • Perform any other relevant duties as assigned by the supervisor.



Master Degree in Business, Public Health or related field strongly preferred. Bachelor’s degree required.

Experience, Skills, and Minimum Qualifications:**

  • Minimum 8 years of working experience at the managerial level in Youth/SRHR/FP program in Nigeria or related field development.
  • Minimum 4 years working experience in managing USAID or other multinational funded youth-focused projects in at least 2 states in Nigeria
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience directly supervising or managing multidisciplinary teams of at least 10 staff, with demonstrated skills in leading professional teams
  • Specific program experience in improving contraceptive uptake amongst adolescents and OVC programming preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with partners, staff, and colleagues with a high level of tact, diplomacy, and confidentiality
  • Demonstrated excellent sense of responsibility and discipline
  • Demonstrated ability to monitor and document observed activities
  • Demonstrated ability to write clear and accurate reports
  • Ability to travel domestically as required during tenure in position (25-50%), field experience is required
  • Good knowledge of basic computer software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and other multimedia communication platforms like skype
  • Exceptional ability to work independently and autonomously.
  • Fluency in English
  • Passion for working with youth

Method of Application

Interested and qualified? Go to Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative (YEDI) on to apply

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