Youth Engagement Specialist, CFYE Tunisia







Employment Type


Closing Date

31 December 2023


Sarah Ebadi

Project Overview and Role:

The Challenge Fund for Youth Employment (CFYE) is a 7-year and €134 million programme funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that aims to create a prosperous future for 230,000 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 12 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.
The portfolio of projects is selected from business cases that were proposed by private sector, civil society and knowledge institutions. Each business case has outlined scalable solutions for creating more and better jobs and income generating opportunities for youth. Solutions 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.

Herbiotech is a vertically integrated company, managing 450 hectares of fields exclusively in the rural areas of Kairouan, Beja Kef, Bizerte and Jendouba. Their primary focus is on cultivating and processing organic raw material, transforming them from fresh produce into refined, products. As a prominent supplier at both national and regional levels, they specialize in the export of organic herbs and oils to major players in the organic food, feed, and food supplements sectors across North America, Europe, and Asia. In this competitive market, trust and quality serve as indispensable prerequisites for the company’s enduring success. Herbiotech’s mission extends beyond commercial goals; they aspire to positively impact the lives of an additional 500 graduates and 200 rural women, ensuring that job standards and working conditions meet ethical and decent labor standards.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 

Specific Activities:

– As a Youth Engagement Specialist for Herbiotech, your responsibilities will include:
– Conduct an assessment of the Herbiotech’s needs and requirements.
– Collaborate with Herbiotech to develop and execute a youth employment strategy which are tailored to meet the specific needs and interests of local youth.
– Map out the different groups, networks, associations that are linked to young people in local communities.
– Develop a networking strategy and facilitate introductions and linkages between Herbiotech and these groups.
– Analyse and develop the most appropriate route for engagement of youth in these communities.
– Make recommendations for improvements in creating youth-friendly work environments and employment practices
– Provide training and support to Herbiotech and their staff on effective youth employment strategies.


Your success in this role will be evaluated based on the following deliverables:

– A high-level report on the assessment of Herbiotech’s need and requirements.
– Developed a comprehensive youth strategy, as well as piloted it.
– Established connections between Herbiotech and youth networks in the region.
– Demonstrated engagement with female youth, particularly in relation to Herbiotech’s job targets for young women.
– Report on the pilot with recommendations for improvement.
– All deliverables have to be approved by the Country Lead to proceed for payment.


As the youth engagement specialist, you will report directly to the CFYE Tunisia Country Lead and collaborate extensively with Herbiotech throughout the project.

Planning and Expected LoE (Level of Effort):

The assignment is scheduled to take place from February 2024, with a total input of 21 days. The level of effort required will vary by month, depending on the activities involved, with an expected commitment of 4 working days per month.

Required Qualifications:

To be considered for this position, you must meet the following criteria:

– Be based in Tunisia and possess the legal right to work in the country.
– Possess strong expertise in youth engagement and the youth employment ecosystem.
– Have good years of expertise in supporting private sector businesses with youth-centred engagement strategies.
– Well networked with associations, local communities, and youth networks in Tunisia.
– Ability to work independently as well as take an advisory role with multiple stakeholders in a time-pressured environment.
– Understanding of gender inclusion in community outreach.
– Demonstratable proven knowledge of Tunisia’s private sector, including its challenges and development potential.
– Exhibit strong interpersonal skills and a track record of developing and maintaining effective working relationships across teams and organizations.

Deadline: 31 December 2023

About Palladium

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