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Workforce Development/Higher Education Specialist



Position:         Workforce Development/Higher Education Specialist

Location:       Morocco

Reports To:    Chief of Party

Division:        Education Programs Division

About IREX

IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally.  We enable local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a vibrant society: quality education, independent media, and strong communities.  To strengthen these sectors, our program activities also include conflict resolution, technology for development, women and youth.

Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of over $70 million and a staff of over 400 professionals worldwide.  IREX employs field-tested methods and innovative uses of technologies to develop practical and locally-driven solutions with our partners in more than 100 countries.

Summary of Position

IREX seeks a Workforce Development/Higher Education Specialist for an anticipated five year USAID-funded workforce development project in Morocco. The project may focus on strengthening the workforce and improving the employability of youth, enhancing their career potential for entering the labor market through vocational training services, business-led workforce development partnerships, and job placement.

The position is contingent on funding.

Summary of Responsibilities:

Serve as a liaison between key stakeholders, including government counterparts, client representatives, private sectors firms, educational institutions, and implementing partners.

Develop and implement programs to strengthen workforce development and youth employment.

Develop and implement capacity building programs to build the capacity of workforce education and training institutions.

Develop linkages with the private sector and employers.

Develop successful partnerships with educational institutions and training providers.

Skills and Qualifications:


Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Workforce Education, Economic Development, Higher Education, Education Administration, or related field, Master’s degree preferred.

7 years of experience working in an environment related to higher education policy, workforce development, and labor market policy; USAID experience desired.

Proven capability to design and implement demand-driven workforce readiness programs, including experience with career centers/career counseling services, vocational training enhancement, employment generation programs, job placement and labor market information systems.

Previous work experience in the MENA (Middle East North Africa) region, including Morocco, is preferred.

Fluency in written and spoken English and French required; Arabic desired.

Moroccan nationals are encouraged to apply.

To Apply

Go to http://www.irex.org/careers and click on Current Openings.  Then click on the corresponding position and apply through our website.  Please supply a resume and a cover letter with your application.  If you are creating a new profile you need to do so and then go back in to apply for a position.