NEPAL aspires to graduate from least developing country to a lower middle-income country by 2030. However, the development community’s excessive focus today on socio-political empowerment has not yielded the desired economic transformation.
In reaching the 2030 national target, shall we wait for institutions of power to become accountably productive or shall we bolster innovations of people to bring inclusive prosperity? And, shall we strengthen grassroots-government collaboration in shaping an equal and enterprising future?
DAAYITWA ABHIYAAN strives for an enterprising Nepal where every individual has opportunities for a prosperous future. Focused on promoting economic empowerment, we aim to nurture an enterprising mindset – which is about working hard, taking risks, and being creative – in development change-agents.
Driven by principles of economic justice, community engagement and financial sustainability, the Abhiyaan comprises four organizations.
- Daayitwa – an NGO that promotes domestic youth employment by accelerating rural youth entrepreneurs to create jobs and supporting the government to implement evidence-based enterprise development policies.
- Nepal Leadership Academy – a non-profit company that develops an enterprising mindset in change-agents by growing their leadership and management capabilities.
- Governance Lab – a for-profit research firm that enables the government and the private sector to make decisions by conducting evidence-based research and connecting researchers and decision-makers.
- Daayitwa-US – a US-based non-profit that engages and empowers Nepali diaspora in the US as change agents and strengthens local and global collaboration to promote socio-economic development in Nepal.
Daayitwa Nepal Public Policy Fellowship (DNPPF)
In addressing the issue of youth employment and youth-government trust deficit, the Daayitwa Nepal Public Service Fellowship Program (DNPSF) offers the Public Policy Fellowship program to conduct evidence based policy research, as well as the Public Administration Fellowship program to provide administrative and technical support to the government partners.
The fellowship program competitively selects and places young professionals and students in public agencies and with parliamentarians for 3-6 months, builds their technical and adaptive capacities, and enables them to provide research support to their public partners.
During the past eight fellowship cycles (2013-2020), the program has supported 120 young policy professionals from 30 countries to conduct research projects for 39 government organizations as well as 24 parliamentarians at federal, provincial and municipal levels.
This collaborative initiative has become an action-platform for Nepali students and young professionals, in Nepal and internationally. The fellows also partake in a “Leading Policy Innovation (LPI)” course which includes leadership components of the course provided by the Nepal Leadership Academy designed at Harvard Kennedy School of Government by Professors Marshall Ganz and Ronald Heifetz in collaboration with Dr. Pukar Malla, Executive Chairperson at Daayitwa.
The LPI course also includes a public administration component designed to provide an overview of Nepali Politics and Administration, and teaches them skills needed to take initiatives and make space for themselves in the government agency.
The courses are built on Nepal’s socio-cultural and political context that teaches the youth public speaking, collaborative work and adaptive leadership. The fellows also receive Research Mentorship with the Governance Lab, which aims to nurture technical and leadership capacity of public officials for enhanced implementation and impact.
Position Title: Project Coordinator
The Project Coordinator will coordinate the Fellowship program under the Governance and Civic-Engagement cluster, and receive general supervision from the Program Director at Daayitwa.
The responsibilities include the following:
- Formulate strategy and plan for the Daayitwa Nepal Public Service Fellowship, and manage existing and new relationships with public and private partners.
- Engage policy and practice stakeholders, such as bureaucracy, politics, private sector, and civil society, for favourable policy reforms or against harmful societal norms.
- Plan and organize activities and finances associated with the Fellowship program at local, provincial and federal levels to bring together youth and public leaders for learning and collaboration.
- Facilitate research and grow an action-oriented momentum about youth employment issues in Nepal.
- Manage and supervise field coordinators at the local and provincial level.
- Liaise with the senior management team for the timely implementation of the project and increase efficiency and deliver results.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Masters’ in International Affairs, Development Studies, Social Work, Business, Economics Humanities and Communication, or other related fields. Bachelor’s degree in the aforementioned fields with substantial work experience is also desirable.
- At least 2-3 years of experience working in a project or program setting. Proven track record in coordinating projects, advocacy, events, campaigns and multi-stakeholder consultations and engagement at the local or the federal level.
- Ability to work effectively under pressure in a diverse, team-oriented environment.
- Strong motivation, self-starter, and organizational/time management skills.
- Proven ability to handle multiple tasks at a time within deadlines.
- Willingness to learn and work hard. Growth mindset is key.
- Excellent oral and written communications skills in English and Nepali.
Daayitwa will provide compensation on a monthly rate basis. The rate will be mutually agreed upon, commensurate with the level of deliverables, qualifications and experience of the candidate.
Interested candidates must submit a CV and a cover letter by November 13, 2020.
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