Position Overview

The Project Manager will help execute the “Preparing Disadvantaged Youth for High-Growth Sector Jobs in Lima” program. The program aims to, over the next three years, prepare 500 disadvantaged youth to work in high-in-demand jobs in Lima, Peru.

The program takes a holistic approach to address the gaps in the training and hiring of at-risk youth in Lima by: (1) identifying best-in-class training organizations and job placement initiatives, (2) strengthening training organizations VET (Vocational Education Training) curricula, (3) investing in job placement initiatives, and (4) developing partnerships with corporate employers.

The Project Manager will oversee the activities of the program including the preparations, the overall calls for proposals, managing partnership with vocational education and training organizations, social enterprises and future clients, corporates employing the program’s beneficiaries.

The position will report to the Regional Portfolio Manager and will also work closely with local and international team members to provide advisory services, mentoring and financing to those social enterprises which are included in the program.

This is a full-time position based in Lima, Peru. The contract is expected to run from November 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019, with the possibility of extension.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Prepare, design and conduct due diligence of organizations working on the field of VET, training providers or job placement initiatives.

  • Screen training organizations and placement initiatives and finalize the selection of shortlisted organizations.

  • Research industries and prepare selection of a sector which would be included in designing new VET curriculum.

  • Coordinate the development, design, publishing and dissemination of new VET curriculum.

  • Support and provide technical assistance in organizational and workforce readiness to three placement initiatives’ programs.

  • Plan and develop partnerships with corporate employers to address the demand-side of the labor market and increase their capacity to hire at-risk youth

  • Support the investment in one placement initiative with grant financing & technical assistance.

  • Prepare information and reports for key stakeholders.  


  • A bachelor's degree and 5-7 years of progressively responsible experience in education, skill training and job placement activities, VET or business development.

  • Strong experience in training and job placement models, relations with actors and organizations (private and public) that works to provide or boost dignified jobs.   

  • Strong analytical skills, the ability to approach tasks in a highly organized, logical and diligent manner.

  • Experience in project management. Demonstrated experience in and commitment to social impact. This can include volunteer positions. Experience with social enterprises a plus. 

  • Experience operating in emerging markets, especially Latin America.

  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English and Spanish to be an effective communicator among diverse internal and external audiences.

  • Ability to effectively work under pressure, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and produce high-quality work within tight time constraints

  • Ability to be flexible, resourceful and innovative in a small, dynamic, nonprofit environment.

  • Familiarity and comfort with Microsoft Office and Google Apps.


Lima, Peru

Contracting Period

November 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019

Application Procedure

To apply, please submit the following via the below form:

  • Thoughtful cover letter in English explaining why you're the right fit for this role and your available start date

  • Resume in English

  • Statement on salary requirements in English

The application process is open until the position is filled. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

NESsT is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds.