Youth Development Manager-Beijing

JOB TITLE: Youth Development Manager



Number of Positions: 1

Grade: TBD

Type of Contract: fix team


Level 1:  the role holder will not have contact with children and/or young people, or access to personal data about children or young people, as part of their work; therefore a police check will not be mandatory unless the content or location of the role changes, in which case the Child Safeguarding level will be reviewed.

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values

Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved


Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same

Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others

Future orientated, thinks strategically


Builds and maintains effective relationships with their team, colleagues, external partners and supporters

Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength

Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions

Willing to take disciplined risks


Honest, encourages openness and transparency Child Safeguarding: Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

Level 3: the role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process for staff.


The YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM: The youth development program( hereafter refers as the Program) is to support children, adolescents and young people develop market responsive employability skills and hard skills to enable their successful transitions to safe work and decent livelihoods (including as a way out of harmful child labour) and also to ensure the survival, learning and protection of their own children in turn.

ROLE PURPOSE: As a member of the Program Development and Quality team, the Youth Development Program Manager is responsible for leading the development of high quality and innovative programs that deliver immediate and lasting change for young people in China

Reports to: Director of Program Development and Quality


Reports to: Director of Advocacy, PDQ

Staff directly reporting to this post: no reports

Staff directly interacting with this post: Director of Program Development and Quality, Director of Programme Implementation, Project budget holders, coordinators and senior officers working in youth development programmes across China; Communication and campaign team; Member and donor service team, M&E Specialists, SCI technical Advisors.

External interacting with this post: Government Department on education, labour and human resource at different levels, Research Academics, Vocation Education Schools, Trade Association, INGOs working with youth and labour, private sectors.

External interacting with this post: Government Department on education, labour and human resource at different levels, Research Academics, Vocation Education Schools, Trade Association, INGOs working with youth and labour, private sectors.

If this role is a budget holder, approximately how much budget is the role managing:

Small budget for capacity building and national level activities

External Representation:

Interpersonal contact regular and varied in both oral and written forms. Negotiation and representation with senior level representatives including government level decision makers, donors, wider SC community

Travel: Frequent (over 6 days per month)


Strategic Planning

Provide strategic vision and direction to the Program in Save the Children China

Take ownership of the 2016-2018 the Program Strategy, and through coordination of field teams and with other members of the PDQ ensure the achievement of its goal and objectives while tracking progress against indicators. Year on year progress will be assessed against the strategy’s yearly milestones

Be part of Save the Children’s regional and global networks and providing strategic input to regional and global thinking on youth development on an as needs basis. Lead development and growth of the Program

Ensuring that all country-wide initiatives are in alignment with the Program Strategy and follow Save the Children’s Theory of Change

Lead on the design of cost effective, innovative and high quality project proposals working closely with member technical advisors, and program implementation and donor management teams

Working with colleagues, positioning Save the Children as the leading organization for youth development in China, including representation of the program at national and international conferences and external events

Assisting the Communications and Donor Relations team as needed with external representation and donor communications

Technical Assistance and Programme Quality

Developing, commission and/or manage research (of a high enough quality to publish) that can maximize the impact of Save the Children’s work on the Program.

Directly providing or procuring technical support and advice for baseline and end evaluations, development of packages for trainings, etc. at program and project level.

Regular monitoring of the Program Strategy indicators, in addition to global indicators and feeding this learning back into project design and implementation

Working closely with Save the Children regional and global technical advisors to ensure the programs technical approaches are in alignment with regional and global initiatives

In cooperation with the MEAL Specialist develop indicators and M&E tools that assist the project staff to deliver quality project and create data to inform future program development and application to project proposals.

Review of internal and external reports, with an emphasis on technical contents, and provide feedback and suggestions for improvement to colleagues.

Management of key Advocacy Efforts

To lead the development of advocacy priorities and strategies in close liaison with the project team and the Communications team

Prepare key policy briefing documents for positioning Save the Children on issues

Track and maintain an up-to-date mapping of government and private sector developments in the field, including changes to policy and investment, and track their impact upon the program and its advocacy efforts Knowledge

Management and Learning

Initiate and coordinate capacity building activities for key program staff, including identifying external training opportunities, and organizing peer learning groups and seminars

Strengthen technical expertise by keeping up to date on the global debate, and incorporating learning from key research initiatives and regional/global trends to activities and program development

Ensure that learning materials, related policies, operational research and good practice documentation are stored, sorted and shared on a timely basis

Present the Program overall progress, strategies, learning and good practices in extended SMT meetings.



Master’s degree on labour and social security, human resource development, business management, social science or equivalent fields;

At least 5-7  years working experiences with preferably experiences on program development, monitoring and evaluation, policy research and advocacy in a given or broader field related to labour and economic development, youth empowerment, vocational education, entrepreneurship;

Knowledge of project management cycle and experience in program strategy development, project design and proposal development

Strong strategic thinking and analytical skills to interpret and present the Program Strategy, approaches and results.

Ability to lead the thought and guide the Program team through constructive interaction and communications

Recommended advanced fluency in both Chinese and English


In-depth understanding on economic programming, sustainable approaches and the value of engaging the private sector

Experiences working and connecting with high level government agencies, academics, vocational education system, trade associations and private sectors on related issues

Experiences in developing employability skill training, vocational skill training program and provide training directly Personality

Passionate about helping vulnerable children and young people

Excellent listening and inter-personal skills and ability to work well with disadvantaged and diversified populations

High level of self-awareness and willingness to take criticism as an opportunity for growth

If you are interested in this position, please read the Child Safeguarding first, fill in the Application Form and send it back to before 30 July, 2017