Youth Leader - Out of School Youth (OoSY) Positions  - Educate! Uganda 

Position Overview 

Educate!, an award winning non-profit social enterprise is looking for self-driven, highly enterprising and enthusiastic candidate to fill the Youth Leader Position (1) in Busia district. The successful candidate will join our high performing and innovative Out of School Youth (OosY) Programs Team. 

Educate! prides in creating impact and spreading this impact to thousands of more youth across the Country. The Youth Leader will be at the heart of supporting the mobilisation of ambitious youths, recruit and support a team of mentors that will be delivering the skills based course & mentorship to the youths,  support in Monitoring, Evaluation & database; and field logistics management

About Educate! 

Educate! prepares youth in Africa with the skills to succeed in today’s economy. 

We tackle youth unemployment by partnering with youth, schools, and governments to design and deliver solutions that equip young people in Africa with the skills to attain further education, overcome gender inequities, start businesses, get jobs, and drive development in their communities. Our goal is to design skills-based education and employment solutions which impact youth life outcomes sustainably and at scale.

In 2019, we partnered with the governments of Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya and measurably impacted over 46,000 youth in and out of schools while reaching 470,000 learners more broadly, making us the biggest youth skills providers in East Africa. Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve pivoted to create and deploy a distance learning model based on our proven in-school experience, and reached over 100,000 students by October 2020. Read here to learn more about Educate!’s distance learning model.

Two rigorous external evaluations of our flagship in-school model, including a randomized controlled trial, found that towards the end of secondary school, participants of our program earn nearly double the income of their peers. A follow-up RCT found that four years later, youth achieve strong and lasting shifts in skills, coupled with significant improvements in education and gender equity-related outcomes, especially young women. Our graduates change their lives and their communities, such as Daniel who opened a rural health clinic in his community employing two people and conducting about 350 checkups per month.

Educate! supports governments with integrating skills-based curriculum nationally. This includes partnering with Uganda’s government to integrate curriculum and a Student Business Club structure into Uganda's entrepreneurship course nationally and serving as a technical advisor to both Rwanda and Kenya on national education reforms.

Educate! is a non-profit social enterprise with over 160 staff and 300 volunteer youth mentors. We have been backed by top foundations such as MasterCard, Big Bang Philanthropy, Echoing Green, Ashoka and Global Innovation Fund. Educate! won a 2018 Klaus J. Jacobs Prize (and was featured in a video), a 2015 WISE Award, and was highlighted by Bill Gates, in the World Bank’s S4YE's Impact Portfolio, an Al Jazeera documentary, Forbes 30 under 30, and The Brookings Institution as one of 14 case studies in their global scaling education learning initiative. Educate! was also selected by the UN’s Generation Unlimited as 1 of 20 innovative youth solutions and by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a Goalkeepers Accelerator

Educate!'s long-term vision is to design solutions that measurably impact millions of youth across Africa each year.

Performance Objectives

Mentor Management - 40%

  • Ensure all 20 mentors understand their weekly targets and well supported throughout the business validation process
  • Have a well laid schedule and agenda for mentor virtual stand up meetings 
  • Schedule and hold OOSY mentor one on one meetings with aim to build capacity 
  • Set in place motivational strategies for mentor growth
  • Ensure OOSY mentors have materials needed by the mentors are sent out timely to avoid any activity delays 
  • Monitor and collect feedback from mentors after every level of  Implementation 
  • Ensure all OOSY follow remote working guidelines as documented and shared by HR
  • Make a schedule to monitor every mentor remotely to check on progress of businesses assigned to validate and brainstorm together on challenges they may be experiencing during the validation exercise 
  • Ensure all mentors attend induction and are fully trained through the business validation process
  • Be aware and have a sense of ownership of the strategy and monitor the implementation of at least 10+ agribusiness & 4+ service based skill offerings 

How will we measure success in this function (How does success in this function look like)

  • Mentor team is guided on process and procedures and held accountable 
  • Mentors are highly motivated and supported to perform their roles and responsibilities in the fellowship or in the boot camp
  • Mentor team is duly supervised to ensure that they adhere to established standards and meet expectations 

Mentor Recruitment and Training - 25%

  • Use the OOSY Mentor Recruitment Strategy to inform candidates for recruitment as per the mentor role profile.
  • Source for motivated mentor candidates & hold interviews. 
  • Submit required paperwork to HR
  • Manage to recruited timelines
  • Keep structure to capacity including backup options at hand
  • Manage mentor exit smoothly using guided procedures as stipulated in the mentor and Youth leader handbook
  • Work with the program officer to organise, prepare and conduct Orientation for new OOSY mentors 

How will we measure success in this function (How does success in this function look like)

  • Mentor availability number needs are tracked, filled to capacity including backup list.
  • Recruitment team adheres to the recruitment guidelines while keeping timelines & documentation. 
  • New mentors are coached and prepared for the virtual fellowship and their role as far as business model validation is concerned 
  •  Incase of mentor drops,replacements are done inline with HR mentor recruitment process 
  • All mentors undergo Orientation before deployment by the youth leader & program officer

Monitoring, Evaluation & VIP Database Support - 25%

  • Model & Maintain high data management integrity when handling data requests virtually especially from virtual monitoring forms.
  • Collaborate with the M & E team during & after the business validation process on any data collection efforts. 
  • Review the mentor activity trackers photo from each mentor once a week.
  • Help mentors navigate the policies and  reporting procedures
  • Ensure all OOSY mentors are fully trained on how to report and adhere to reporting timelines & expectations 

How will we measure success in this function (How does success in this function look like)

  • Mentors supported to understand & observe program reporting procedures with minimal errors. 
  • Each mentor observed at least once every week and feedback documented 
  • Collaborate and be a liaison person for M&E department and provide bi weekly updates to supervisor and M&E coordinator 

Field logistics Management 10%

  • Take lead on Program materials and distribution
  • Ensure all OOSY mentors receive airtime on time and are aware of the different activities to use it for  
  • Work with the program manager to ensure all mentor logistical needs are fully met with in the right timelines 
  • Follow up and report to the program manager incase a team member misses out on any logistics necessary to get the job done 

How will we measure success in this function (How does success in this function look like)

  • Report any issues of fraud or misuse of funds in the field to the program manager  
  • All field teams have all the necessary materials and maintain 5 day reporting turn around on shortage to Admin & Program manager
  • Materials in the field are well managed and utilised for the right purposes by all the field teams especially the mentors 
  • Mentors receive stipend or mentor airtime on time and PM is made aware of any mentors that would have missed.


  • Diploma in Education , with at least 1 year of teaching experience
  • Basic computer literacy and experience: MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Email, google drive etc
  • Engaging and interactive trainer with passion for coaching team members, with experience in training and capacity building.
  • Fits our Five Cultural Tenets (see What is Educate! About? below); Learn more by looking at Educate!’s culture deck here

What skills/experience does this candidate absolutely must have (MUST HAVEs)?

  • People Relations skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Personal organisation and Coordination skills
  • Good written & verbal communication skills
  • Vocational skills
  • Creativity
  • Ability to use the google drive (docs, sheets, slides and forms)
  • High level of integrity


  • Salary is commensurate with experience
  • Attractive Benefits & Perks including Medical Insurance.
  • Location: Candidates should be residents of Busia districts
  • What Is Educate! About?

We’re ambitious. Are you? Educate! is growing fast, so new opportunities are opening up and expanding all the time. We’re inspired by people with drive, and we love to help them reach their full potential. We expect everyone at Educate! to contribute above and beyond their job description, grow their skills, and advance their careers, and we are committed to supporting our staff members on that journey.

  1. We Put Youth First
  2. We Are Always Learning   
  3. We Only Solve a Problem Once 
  4. We Are Flexible 
  5. We Exceed Expectations  

Every person at Educate! from interns to the executive director is evaluated by how they live up to these five cultural tenets. They are at the core of how we achieve our mission and why we work as well as we do. 

Educate is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all who interact in our community.  In creating this environment, we encourage people from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and life experiences to join our diverse team. 

For more on Educate! Culture visit


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