We Are Hiring: Learning and Development Advisor

Job title: Learning and Development Advisor, Inclusive Conflict Prevention and Peace (national post)

Organization: Youth Partnership for Peace and Development

Duty station: Freetown, Sierra Leone

Job type: Full-time

Reports to: Project Manager YPPD


YPPD in Brief

The Youth Partnership for Peace and Development (YPPD) is a youth empowerment think tank established to enhance the capacity of young people and their communities to promote Peace, Human Rights, Health, and inclusion of marginalized groups, as well as the creation of open societies that promote sustainable development. Since its establishment in Sierra Leone, the organization has and continues to increase young people’s understanding to finding practical approaches to building wholesomely functioning societies that promotes peace and mutual co-existence while deepening voices and actions which demands equity and accountability for all. It maintains the view that young people can be agents of positive change and works for ways of enabling youth to step forward for social transformation.

The overarching goal of YPPD is to contribute to the endeavors of supporting youth development, peaceful conflict resolution, stability, sustainable development, peace and democracy in Sierra Leone. It works to increase the capacity of vulnerable groups through training, partnership, advocacy, enhancing the youth knowledge base and equipping them with livelihood skills. It is a platform for diverse kinds of actions committed to engaging key stakeholders at different levels of development across the country. YPPD’s work is inspired by the daily struggles of our communities and the enormous opportunity that exists in collaboratively working with others in the search for sustainable solutions.

YPPD envisions a society where young people regardless of their social status are empowered and capable enough to lead, participate and influence in order to gain access to equal opportunities as stakeholders across all sectors of mainstream development.


Description of the project

The Inclusive Conflict Prevention and Peace Project funded by the UN Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) aims to enable young women and men, organized through youth-led CSOs and CBOs and working in solidarity with older women and men, to foster more inclusive, gender-sensitive, and conflict-sensitive community-based dispute resolution (CBDR) mechanisms in rural and peri-urban Sierra Leone. This headline goal will be achieved through: (1) equipping and mobilizing young people to identify and take action on key drivers of conflict, insecurity and injustice in their communities; (2) supporting and influencing CBDR mechanisms to adopt more inclusive, gender-sensitive, and conflict-sensitive practices, with specific focus on addressing needs of young women; and (3) enabling young people, working intergenerationally, to advocate for evidence-based conflict prevention policy and practice, and build trust with key conflict prevention stakeholders. The project will be implemented as a collaboration between Youth Partnership for Peace and Development (YPPD), one of Sierra Leone’s leading youth organizations, and Cordaid, a Dutch international humanitarian and development NGO.


Job overview

Reporting to the Project Manager, the Learning and Development Advisor will have responsibility for implementation of all YPPD youth training, networking and lobbying activities.

Key responsibilities

  • Design and implement the youth leadership development dimension of the project, including contribution to youth self-assessment tools and preparation and delivery of youth training workshops with modules on personal and organizational leadership, organizing, advocacy, and public communication skills
  • Ensure that gender equality and a gender-transformative approach is centred in all aspects of project youth leadership development activities
  • Establish working relationships as needed with key national stakeholders
  • In collaboration with the Project Manager and youth-led groups, design and deliver an advocacy plan that amplifies youth voices with key national stakeholders
  • Support the lobbying actions of youth-led groups associated with the project, including through preparation and accompaniment of youth lobbyists
  • Lead development and delivery of two national knowledge-sharing activities, a youth conflict prevention summit and a national youth palaver, both in conjunction with youth-led groups and other stakeholders
  • Support implementation of overall monitoring, evaluation and reporting framework
  • Contribute to tracking of project indicators against targets
  • Perform other tasks as assigned



  • 5+ years of professional experience as an educator, trainer, lobbyist or youth organizer; experience that combines training with lobbying or youth organizing will be a significant asset
  • Strong track record working with and for youth
  • Superior communication skills in English, fluency or facility in other Sierra Leonean languages preferred
  • Academic qualification in a relevant discipline (anthropology, development studies, education, political science) preferred
  • Proven sharp analytical skills
  • Proactive, entrepreneurial, and effective in a fast-paced cross-cultural work environment
  • Strong written and verbal skills for communicating with a diverse audience, including internally and external high-level stakeholders



To be negotiated based on experience



Send your Cover Letter and CV by email to the Human Resource & Operations Manager at: recruitments@yppdatwork.org


Please address the Subject of your email as: Learning and Development Advisor – Inclusive Conflict Prevention and Peace.



Only successful applicants will receive a response.