In its 50th Anniversary, the Special Olympics movement has recognized Global Youth Engagement as one of three strategic priorities to ending the discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities around the world. To meet its ambitious goals over its next 50 years, Special Olympics has committed to expanding its empowerment of young people with and without intellectual disabilities to lead a global Unified Generation.
Key to growing and sustaining Special Olympics’ work in the youth and education sectors is effective engagement of governments, intergovernmental entities such as development banks and the UN system, and other elements of the global development system. The Specialist/Manager will play a key role in developing these relationships and partnerships globally and in East Asia in particular.
In collaboration with the staff of Special Olympics East Asia and Special Olympics International (SOI) Headquarters in Washington, DC, the Specialist will work to expand opportunities to elevate the voices of Special Olympics Youth Leaders and engagement with intergovernmental entities, and other global development bodies (e.g., large global development foundations). The Specialist will build capacity for Special Olympics youth leaders to effectively engage with governments and global development bodies through training, resource development, and technical assistance given to Special Olympics national Programs as well as support partnership development efforts with national governments (especially Ministries of Education) and global development bodies, especially in East Asia. The position will also support Special Olympics East Asia’s implementation of the Lead to Include Project at the Regional, national, and local/school level.
To achieve success in these areas, the Specialist will collaborate closely with other members of the SOI HQ Government Relations department, the SOI HQ Global Youth and Education Programming department, the Special Olympics East Asia staff, staff of Special Olympics national Programs in East Asia, and colleagues in several other Special Olympics Regions.
Global Development and Government Relations (approx. 70% of time)
o Partnership Development: With colleagues from the SOIHQ Government Relations and Youth and Education Programming teams develop and execute plans to initiate and/or deepen relationships with national and sub-national governments (especially Ministries of Education or Youth) and global development entities in support of Unified Champion School expansion/sustainability, especially in East Asia. This includes developing outreach plans, coordinating meetings and events, preparing for meetings, and developing partnership proposals.
o Grant Writing: Identify opportunities (publicly posted and otherwise) for funding from governments and global development entities to support Unified Champion Schools in East Asia and, in collaboration with staff colleagues, develop and submit application materials (including narrative, budget, project plans, etc.).
o Grant Management: Lead management of grants received from government or global development sources, such as Embassy Grants, especially when related to youth development programming. This includes both financial and narrative reporting.
o Resource Development: With colleagues from the SOI HQ teams, develop materials to empower youth leaders with and without ID to advocate and engage with their government leaders and global development actors and give SO Programs support in engaging youth in their government relations strategy.
o Capacity Building: Build capacity of SO Programs, Youth Leaders, and Athletes to engage and advocate with global development and government entities through various training modalities.
o Global Contribution: Provide input to global team of Special Olympics staff focused on government relations and global development entity engagement across all geographic Regions of the Special Olympics movement
Planning and Execution of Lead to Include Project in East Asia (approx. 30% of time):
o Planning and execution of Special Olympics East Asia Regional Youth Leadership Summits
o Administrative support for SOEA’s youth leadership program, including management of sub-grants and programmatic/financial reporting of sub-grants
o Support of SOEA’s youth representatives in SO Global Youth Leadership events
o Support of SOEA’s Programs in planning and execution of national and local youth leadership summits
o Technical support for SOEA’s Programs in youth leadership development, including development/translation of supporting resources and guides
Other duties as required
- Degree in international relations, international development, education or similar field, and 3+ years of experience in international development, global government relations, and/or partnership development in the international development sector;
- Demonstrated skills and experience in grant writing, especially in the global development sector, including narrative, project design, and budget/resource development
- Demonstrated skills, experience, and knowledge in partnership development with government and non- government entities (including bi-lateral/multi-lateral development agencies)
- Demonstrated experience working with youth with and without intellectual disabilities, particularly in the development of leadership and public speaking skills
- Ability to work in global, matrixed organization with results dependent on collaboration across departmental and geographic lines and effective indirect reporting structures
- Strong skills in planning, organization, innovation, collaboration, and problem solving
- Ability to persuasively and effectively articulate value proposition of SO youth properties as part of fundraising or partner development/management
- Fluent in speaking and writing English and Chinese
- Strong cross-cultural team-building and diplomacy skills with familiarity with a variety of cultures
- Fluency with current workplace technology, including latest developments in remote collaborative technology
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, both internal and external
- Experience working directly with (or for organizations providing services for/with) people with intellectual disabilities or other marginalized populations
- Ability to travel internationally as needed
- Master’s degree in international relations, education, social or sports sciences or similar
- Experience with Special Olympics or similar NGO (especially one with a focus on education and/or youth development)
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