October 17, 2022 Liana Khanaghyan

Country Lead: Egypt








Employment Type


Closing Date

1 November 2022


Enas Mohamed

Project Overview: 

The Challenge Fund for Youth Employment (CFYE) is a 6-year and €114 million programme funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that aims to create a prosperous future for 200,000 young women and men in the Middle East, North Africa, Sahel & West Africa and Horn of Africa regions. The Fund will be supporting initiatives in 23 focus countries that will offer youth, in particular young women, opportunities for work that is demand-driven and productive, offering a stable income and safe working conditions and that is contributing to their personal development and social protection.

Private sector, civil society and knowledge institutions will be invited to submit proposals geared to scalable solutions for creating more and better jobs and income generating opportunities for youth. Solutions will in particular focus on an integrated approach that addresses the shortcomings on the demand side (jobs) and supply side (skills) and bridging the mismatch between these two in the labour market.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 

The Country Lead will be responsible for representing the Challenge Fund for Youth Employment in Egypt and acting as the primary point of contact for the Fund’s Implementing Partners (IPs). The Country Lead will act as ‘critical friend’ of the IPs: they will closely monitor IP’s project performance and also discuss any emerging issues with the IP in an open and transparent manner.

The portfolio in Egypt is expected to consist of about 15-20 Implementing Partners. The Country Lead will ensure that IPs are compliant with the Fund’s delivery guidelines. This includes monitoring progress of the Implementing Partners’ projects, and supporting Implementing Partners with technical and financial reporting, providing strategic guidance, mobilizing technical assistance (TA), and any other needs that may arise.

The Country Lead will be part of the fund delivery team working closely with the Fund Management team and Technical Assistance team. The Country Lead is supported by the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team, Financial Management team, and the Communications team.

The responsibilities and duties of the Country Lead include the following:

Strategic Planning, Project and Relationship Management:

  • Lead the development of the annual country delivery action plan and lay the strategic priorities for the country.
  • Lead the implementation of the country delivery plan following the timely planning as per the country workplan.
  • Orchestrate and customize the support received from the central team in a way that maximizes efficiency and ensures that it is not one size fits all support.
  • Represent CFYE in-country by overseeing the delivery of projects and serve as the first point of contact for IPs during the project life cycle.
  • Take the lead in in-country project operations and management including strategic advisory and periodic review of progress against project targets, due diligence improvement plan, risk management and oversight of projects’ spending against budgets.
  • Coordinate the contracting of IPs and realisation of any required Contract Amendments.

 Reporting and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL):

  • Coordinate and chair the quarterly progress review meetings with each Implementing Partner (IP), and document minutes, observations, and reflections, including external conditions and local external factors relevant to project implementation.
  • Provide guidance to the in-country MEL advisor in realizing the Data validation process to promote high-quality data collection.
  • Support partners to monitor and evaluate the impact of their projects in accordance with the CFYE MEL system, and validate documentation tied to Outputs and Outcomes for disbursements.
  • Work with MEL Manager and other relevant team members to analyse portfolio-level data to draw key insights, emerging trends, and lessons, and communicate these in a clear and relevant way internally and externally.

Technical Assistance Delivery and Management:

  • Supervise the TA planning to the IPs: coordinate creation of the TA assignment (SoW), requesting approval from the central team.
  • Support the recruitment and onboarding of the TA provider. In the case of volunteers, work closely with the in-country local VSO country coordinator.
  • Monitor TA delivery to IPs on a needs-based basis and report on a quarterly basis on the progress of ongoing TA delivery.
  • Identify any common pain-points in the employment ecosystem, and work with the delivery team to design system-level interventions that can resolve those.

Communications, Marketing and Outreach:

  • Provide regular updates on progress and highlights from the portfolio, in weekly CFYE meetings, monthly newsletter and annual report.
  • Participate in calls and relevant conferences or events within or related to their country or region to exchange relevant programme learnings.
  • Maintain the relationship with the Netherlands Embassy, represent CFYE in meetings and events organised by NL or other network partners.

Financial Planning & Reporting:

  • Manage Egypt Country Budget in accordance with the agreed-upon country action plan, and in compliance with Palladium policies and procedures.
  • Guide and facilitate IPs in preparing financial information and supporting documents as part of quarterly and annual internal reviews or external project audits, as requested by the Fund’s Central Team.
  • Liaise with the IPs and Finance team on invoicing and contractual payment processes;
  • Alert the Finance Manager at HQ when issues arise in relation to financial management that require a response from the fund management team.

Level of Effort and Reporting:

The level of effort for this role will be full-time fixed employment, initially for 1 year with the possibility of extension.

The Country Lead will report to CFYE’s Deputy Team Leader. However, they will need to work and coordinate closely with the Fund Management Team and Technical Assistance Team in addition to other members of the Challenge Fund Team.

Required Qualifications:

  • Strong business acumen and understanding of business support to private sector entities.
  •  Strong Project Management skills including Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning experience.
  • Strong affinity with youth empowerment, gender and social inclusion, and decent work.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Good organisational and planning skills, and sound problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Flexibility to work in a non-office setup or from implementing partners’ premises
  •  Ability to work autonomously, and as part of a remote central team

Minimum Requirements:   

  • Must have the right to work in Egypt and be based in Cairo.
  • Relevant academic qualifications in a related field such as business administration, economics, HRM or finance.
  • Proven experience with project management and performing related strategic and administrative tasks.
  • Relevant technical work experience in one of the following areas; youth employment, private sector development, and/or business consulting. 

All submissions must be in English.

Closing Date: 1 November 2022, at 23:59.

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