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Manager of the project « Engaging Diaspora Communities in Italy in Collaborative Efforts to Support Rural Development and Youth Employment in Morocco and Senegal »

JOB PROFILE

Country:                     Morocco

Duty station:              Rabat with frequent travels to project’s target areas (Senegal and Italy)

Ngo:                            Oxfam

Department:

Position:                     Manager of the project “Engaging Diaspora Communities in Italy in Collaborative Efforts to Support Rural Development and Youth Employment in Morocco and Senegal”      (DiaMaSe project)

Starting date:                        01/02/2019

Deadline for submission: 13/01/2019

Duration:                   1 year renewable

Note:                          Pending approval of the project by the donor

Deadline for submission:

Interested candidates should send their CV, the details of 3 people who will serve as professional references and motivation letter, all in English or French, before 13th of January 2019 to selezioni@oxfamitalia.org. Please specify in the subject: “PM IFAD_name_surname

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT

The project “Engaging Diaspora Communities in Italy in Collaborative Efforts to Support Rural Development and Youth Employment in Morocco and Senegal – DiaMaSe” is co-funded by IFAD and will be implemented until March 2021. The overall goal of the project is to boost job creation and income generation for rural young people in Morocco and Senegal by leveraging the long-term investment from their diasporas in Italy. The objectives are: (i) to provide networking skills and technical support to the diasporas in Italy to identify and invest in profitable and remunerated rural on- and off-farm initiatives in and Morocco and Senegal; (ii) to provide financial and non-financial support to rural investments leveraging youth entrepreneurship and employment opportunities; and iii) to promote innovation and knowledge-building within diaspora organizations in Italy, among local and national policy-makers in Morocco and Senegal and among relevant international stakeholders to continue supporting the role of diaspora for rural youth development.

Oxfam Italia (OIT) implements the Project in partnership and close coordination with Slow Food (SF), and four Moroccan and Senegalese diaspora organizations. Two Oxfam affiliates implement in country activities in Senegal and Morocco, respectively Oxfam America and Oxfam Intermón, under the coordination of Oxfam Italia Project Manager and with the support of a multi-partners and complementary Project management Unit (PMU).

Due the innovativeness and complexity of the funding mechanism of the project requiring a matching between diaspora interests and in-country economic opportunities, the project is implemented in two stages: a pilot phase, and a second phase of scaling-up.

During this first phase, the project is adopting a research action approach to pilot test diaspora investments in competitive business sectors/markets in rural Morocco and Senegal leading to select and award 20 to 30 business projects (at least 10 per country). In this phase, the project will also develop a pilot model that matches investors with business/investment opportunities offering youth entrepreneurship and employment, along with effective financing mechanism to mobilize diaspora funds. This first stage will set a demonstration effect that can activate further interest from diaspora members and organizations.

After this stage, the project will extend implementation and an estimated 40 to 70 additional business projects will be selected (at least 20 per country).

Moreover, achievements and lessons learned will be used for dissemination and policy advocacy in the area of rural youth employment and entrepreneurship at the national and international levels.

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