Current Vacancies

Based in the North, East and North Central Provinces
Location: Reporting Office is in Mullaitivu
Reports To: Programme Manager

Overview
Overall responsibility to identify needs, conduct field surveying, implementation and monitoring of the projects.

The Role
• Support programme planning and conduct field surveying, implementation, monitoring and collect all the documentation of the programme in a timely and cost-effective manner.
• Respond to the community/partner requirements and assess/identify/respond to needs.
• Lead field implementation of the programme to reach sector target goals in a timely manner.
• Take ownership of all responsibilities and honor commitments; deliver outputs for which one has responsibility within the prescribed time, cost and quality standards; and operate in compliance with organizational regulations and rules.
• Determine the success of the programme by monitoring closely, identifying challenges and making recommendations to the Programme Manager or community partners. Obtain direction and advise wherever required from you supervisor.
• Encourage community participation in every aspect of the project planning, implementation and ongoing feedback.
• Motivate and assist community partners to ensure the sustainability of the programme and make recommendations to the supervisor for seminars, trainings and workshops to educate the community partners.
• Ensure to initiate and cultivate good relationships with community partners by showing humility, diligence, keeping promises and acting quickly to meet needs. Programme delivery is very important.
• As directed by your supervisor, coordinate with volunteers and Community-based organizations and implement activities to achieve the sector targets.

The Profile
• Diploma in Sociology or related field or over 5 years working experience working with women and children
• +Two years minimum related experience in working with Women and Children
• Excellent command of written and spoken Sinhala/Tamil and good command of English
• Experience using Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) methods.
• Experience in Managing work plans and using monitoring and evaluation tools.
• Self-motivated, ability to work independently in an efficient and timely fashion.
• Strong humanitarian interest and commitment to field-work.
• Demonstrated leadership ability.
• Computer Fluency (Microsoft Office)
• Ability to work as a part of a team.

Working Conditions
• Position will include travel on sometimes difficult terrain.
• Position at times requires long hours in a demanding environment

Location: Colombo/Mullaitivu
Reports To: Chief Executive Officer

Overview
To serve as Head of Beyond Boundaries and Barriers (B3) programme of Yugashakthi, embodying the mission and purpose of Yugashakthi and ensuring smooth and effective operation of the programme activities related to protection and empowerment of women and children, local staff and the field office ensuring the implementation of sustainable strategies to ensure the wellbeing and safety of the women and children affected or at risk. Coordinate with the stakeholders and empower team members, partners, communities and advocate for the women and children at risk.

The Role
• To be the lead and direct planning and surveying, implementation and monitoring of the B3 programme.
• Design and direct trainings on key capacity building topics, such as Self-Help Groups, saving habits, Children’s Clubs, leadership, household management, emotional support and care etc.
• Ensure that curriculums are developed for each approved training and that pre and post-tests, and other follow-up tools, are used to monitor training impact.
• Initiate, cultivate and maintain a good relationship with community partners, partners and other sector players - Govt. authorities, INGOs, NGOs, community-based organizations, etc.
• Guide and direct the overall field implementation of B3 programme to reach target goals in a timely fashion.
• Ensure the success of the programme by monitoring the staff and work carried out closely making appropriate recommendations by providing leadership and guidance.
• Ensure and encourage participation of the community partners in every aspect of the programme planning, implementation and ongoing feedback.
• Adhere to all administrative processes and secure all documentation needed during the programme implementation.

The Profile
• Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology or Diploma or related field
• +Three years minimum related experience in working with Women and Children Empowerment
• Good command of written and spoken English and Tamil
• Experience using Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) methods
• Experience in programme design, managing work plans and using monitoring and evaluation tools.
• Self-motivated, ability to work independently in an efficient and timely fashion.
• Strong humanitarian interest and commitment to field-work.
• Demonstrated leadership ability.
• Computer Fluency (Microsoft Office)

Working Conditions
• Position will include travel on sometimes difficult terrain.
• Position at times requires long hours in a demanding environment

Based in the North, East and North Central Provinces


Location: Reporting Office is in Mullaitivu
Reports To: Project Manager - Dairy & Agriculture


Overview
Overall responsibility to support project planning and lead direct field surveying, implementation and monitoring of projects.

The Role
• To support design, develop and guide the projects in the communities, ensuring the implementation of sustainable dairy and agriculture strategies.
• Mobilize smallholder farmers and implement income generation and economic security advancement strategies to boost the local economies related to dairy and agriculture, improving community access and utilization of savings and insurance programmes while ensuring inclusion of women and other vulnerable group in all phases of the project cycle and related activities.
• Ensure the implementation of integrated farming in the target districts, including:
• Individual household income improvement models and
• Development of community income generation strategies
• Identify production constraints and opportunities for improvement and identification of promising technological interventions that will support the smallholder farmers.
• Motivate and mobilize the smallholder farmers and ensure their participation in design and implementation of the project.
• Facilitate trainings on key capacity building topics, such as improving cultivation practices, cattle management, environmental health, and diversification of livelihood/alternate trades to business management, bookkeeping, administration, etc.
• Support developing curriculums for each approved training and that pre and post-tests, and other follow-up tools, are used to monitor training impact.
• Ensure to implement YGL accountability mechanisms.
• Take ownership of all responsibilities and honor commitments; deliver outputs for which one has responsibility within the prescribed time, cost and quality standards; and operate in compliance with organizational regulations and rules.
• Adhere to all administrative process and secure all documentation needed during the project implementation.

The Profile
• Diploma in Agriculture or Animal Husbandry
• +Three years minimum related experience in the dairy or agriculture sector with a proven track record of improving household/community income generation.
• Excellent command of written and spoken Sinhala/Tamil and good command of English
• Experience in, managing work plans and using monitoring and evaluation tools.
• Self-motivated, ability to work independently in an efficient and timely fashion.
• Strong humanitarian interest and commitment to field-work.
• Demonstrated leadership ability.
• Computer Fluency (Microsoft Office)

Working Conditions
• Position will include travel on sometimes difficult terrain.
• Position at times requires long hours in a demanding environment

Location: Mullaitivu
Reports To: Manager, “Spring of Hope” Farm & Factory


Overview
Overall responsibility for all aspects of production to ensure the successful conversion of raw materials into finished products that meet quality and customer specifications in the safe and efficient manner. Provides leadership to team members to develop a highly skilled and engaged workgroup. Responsible for the people safety, food safety, product quality and financials of production.

The Role
• Direct all plant manufacturing operations in an efficient manner
• Organize the efficient processing of dairy products from raw materials through to the finished product ready for dispatch and oversee dispatch of the same to the stores department.
• Maintain and improve productivity, decreasing unit cost.
• R&D methods for improving performance and minimizing costs.
• Confirm production targets are met to ensure a high quality of customer service.
• Design and implement production schedule in order to achieve daily sales allocation from production plan to correspond with product dispatch deadlines with continuous review.
• Monitor machine efficiencies and promote ways to improve them.
• Ensure that all scheduled operations; preventative maintenance is completed according to procedures within determined time frames.
• Coordinate and liaise with all service departments to ensure that all relevant information is communicated and supervise the floor production staff
• Ensure manufacturing team is fully trained, motivated and managed.
• Ensure good manufacturing practices, Industrial Standards and SOPs are maintained.
• Maintain and improve health and safety performance and lead by example with regard to people, food, and safety.
• Control and minimize wastage of raw materials throughout production process pertaining to all used commodities.
• Develop and manage operating budgets.

The Profile
• Diploma in related field preferred or equivalent work experience
• Minimum 3 years supervisory experience in the related field with a proven track record of ability and experience.
• 5-10 years of hand-on plant experience in the dairy or food industry
• In-depth working knowledge of Dairy/Food Processing.
• Strong leadership skills.
• Ability to deliver results and make decisions while juggling multiple and changing priorities in a fast-paced environment.
• Excellent planning, organizational, and project management skills.
• Reliable and consistent attendance required.
• Excellent communication skill in Sinhala or Tamil and good command of English.
• Medically fit.
• Ability to work in a computerized environment.

Working Conditions
Position at times requires long hours in a demanding environment

Based in the North, East and North Central Provinces


Location: Reporting Office is in Mullaitivu
Reports To: Project Manager - Dairy & Agriculture

Overview
Overall responsibility to design, develop and guide the dairy and agriculture projects with the smallholder farmers in the communities, ensuring the implementation of sustainable strategies to improve income generation and economic security advancement to boost the local economies.

The Role
• To design, develop and guide the Dairy and Agriculture projects in the communities, ensuring the implementation of sustainable, community-based livelihood strategies, coordination of the other sector development initiatives and relief activities in the YGL field locations.
• Develop and mobilize smallholder farmers to engage in income generation and economic security advancement strategies to boost the local economies related to dairy and agriculture, improving community access and utilization of savings and insurance programmes while ensuring inclusion of women and other vulnerable groups in all phases of the project cycle and related activities.
• Lead and facilitate the development of integrated farming including:
• Individual household income improvement models and
• Development of household income generation strategies
• Design and facilitate trainings on key capacity building topics, such as improving cultivation practices, cattle management, environmental health, and diversification of livelihood/alternate trades to business management, bookkeeping, administration, etc.
• Develop curriculums for each approved training and that pre and post-tests, and other follow-up tools, are used to monitor training impact.
• Initiate, cultivate and maintain a good relationship with community partners, partners and other sector players - Govt. authorities, INGOs, NGOs, community-based organizations, etc.
• Adhere to all administrative processes and secure all documentation needed during the project implementation.

The Profile
• Bachelor’s Degree or Diploma in Agriculture or Animal Husbandry
• +Three years minimum related experience in the sector with a proven track record of improving household/community income generation.
• Excellent command of written and spoken English and Tamil
• Experience in project design, managing work plans and using monitoring and evaluation tools.
• Self-motivated, ability to work independently in an efficient and timely fashion.
• Strong humanitarian interest and commitment to fieldwork.
• Demonstrated leadership ability.
• Computer Fluency (Microsoft Office)

Working Conditions
• Position will include travel on sometimes difficult terrain.
• Position at times requires long hours in a demanding environment

Location: Mullaitivu
Reports To: Chief Executive Officer

Overview
To serve as head of Yugashakthi projects—embodying the mission and purpose of Yugashakthi and ensuring smooth and effective operation of all dairy and agriculture project activities, local staff and the field office ensuring the implementation of sustainable strategies to improve the income generation and economic security advancement to boost the local economies.

The Role
• Ensure the Dairy and Agriculture projects are designed, developed and sustainably implemented in the communities with community-based livelihood strategies.
• Coordinate with other sector development initiatives and relief activities in the YGL project locations.
• Ensure that the smallholder farmers are mobilized in income generation and economic security advancement strategies to boost the local economies related to dairy and agriculture, improving community access and utilization of savings and insurance programmes while ensuring inclusion of women and other vulnerable groups in all phases of the project cycle and related activities.
• Direct and guide the development of integrated farming including:
• Individual household income improvement models and
• Development of household income generation strategies
• Direct and guide trainings on key capacity building topics, such as improving cultivation practices, cattle management, environmental health, and diversification of livelihood/alternate trades to business management, bookkeeping, administration, etc.
• Ensure that curriculums are developed for each approved training and that pre and post-tests, and other follow-up tools, are used to monitor training impact.
• Initiate, cultivate and maintain a good relationship with community partners, stakeholders and other sector players - Govt. authorities, INGOs, NGOs, community-based organizations, etc.
• Adhere to all administrative processes and secure all documentation needed during the project implementation.

The Profile
• Bachelor’s Degree or Diploma in Agriculture or Animal Husbandry
• +Three years minimum related experience in the sector with a proven track record of improving household/community income generation.
• Excellent command of written and spoken English and Tamil
• Experience in project design, managing work plans and using monitoring and evaluation tools.
• Self-motivated, ability to work independently in an efficient and timely fashion.
• Strong humanitarian interest and commitment to fieldwork.
• Demonstrated leadership ability.
• Computer Fluency (Microsoft Office)

Working Conditions
• Position will include travel on sometimes difficult terrain.
• Position at times requires long hours in a demanding environment

Location: Based in Mullaitivu
Reports To: Manager, “Spring of Hope” Farm & Factory

Overview
Overall responsible to identify business opportunities, promote products with clear understanding of the uniqueness of each product, develop relationships with prospects, provide feedback to the management and recommend solutions, sell products by establishing contacts and achieve sales targets in a timely manner.

The Role
• Build business by identifying and selling prospects; maintaining relationships with clients.
• Meet sales targets in a timely manner.
• Identify business opportunities by identifying prospects and evaluating their position in the industry; researching and analyzing sales options.
• Sell products by establishing contact and developing relationships with prospects; recommending solutions.
• Maintain relationships with clients by providing support, information, and guidance; researching and recommending new opportunities; recommending profit and service improvements.
• Identify product improvements or new products by remaining current on industry trends, market activities, and competitors.
• Prepare reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information.
• Maintain quality service by establishing and enforcing organization standards.
• Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; benchmarking state-of-the-art practices; participating in professional societies.
• Prepare sale projection plans and coordinate with production unit to develop production plans.
• Contribute to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.

The Profile
• Diploma or minimum GCE A/L qualifications with a concentration in sales, marketing and promotions.
• At least three (3) years of sales experience in this sector. Working experience in the Northern Province is preferred.
• Excellent proven Client Relationships and presentation Skills.
• Good Negotiation skills.
• Meeting Sales Goals.
• Creativity.
• Sales Planning.
• Good command of written and spoken English and Tamil.
• Self-motivated, ability to work independently in an efficient and timely manner.
• Demonstrated leadership ability.
• Computer Fluency (Microsoft Office).
• A good team player.

Working Conditions
• Position will include travel on sometimes difficult terrain.
• Position at times requires long hours in a demanding environment

MARY’S JOURNEY ….SERVING FAITHFULLY FOR 14 YEARS

A young lady, with eyes shining brightly, a beautiful and gentle smile with a heart of compassion serving vulnerable children, youth and women. Mary.  Mary’s journey began in the development sector 14 years ago when she applied for the position of Mobilizer in an International Development Agency.  This agency worked with vulnerable children, women and men including survivors of the conflict under the leadership of Yugashakthi (Guarantee) Limited’s Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Selina Prem Kumar.  Mary had the golden opportunity of being nurtured and groomed by Mrs. Prem Kumar and began to grow and thrive in character and work.  She climbed the ladder of success in getting promotions frequently. 

Mary’s commitment towards serving vulnerable children, youth and women was clearly seen during the transition between the International Development Agency to Yugashakthi (Guarantee) Limited. She had to decide whether to continue working with YGL having to sacrifice a few important benefits or move on.  At the end of the day, her compassionate heart won over rupees and cents. Today, Mary is part of the YGL National Leadership Team and serves in the capacity of Accountability and Monitoring Officer which is a key role in ensuring that the programme deliveries are carried out to the highest levels.

Here is what she says “In general everyone likes children. Likewise, I also like children. Children are loving and expect love too. Children never place a monetary value on the gifts they receive. Even if we give them a toffee, they accept it. Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders. Therefore, the right things should reach children. Education is very important. We have to choose orphans and children who have the ability to study well and do not have the facilities and provide the means for them to have a good education. There are also many children who are abused in various forms. If they know what abuse is, they can protect themselves from being abused. Educating children on what is a ‘good touch’, ‘bad touch’ and related issues will give them knowledge and understanding on protecting themselves and child rights. Motivational and leadership training will help children develop well.

Although men and women should be treated equally, in some rural villages, wives are treated as slaves and also depend solely on the husband’s income. Unfortunately, the husbands do not give money to their wives and spend their money on liquor. Due to this reason, we have established Self Help Groups to empower and protect women from slavery.

The enthusiasm I have to serve children and women is a gift from God to me.”

“We have to be kind when we work with communities. When we work with children and women, we have to think of them as our family members. We have to act in the manner we would as if our family members faced a similar situation. It is important that while treating them as family members maintaining professionalism. This type of development work offers us a unique opportunity to be a blessing in the lives of children and adults and see their lives change positively.

Personally, I gain immense happiness and satisfaction when I see the impact our work has on the lives of the children and women we serve.

Truly, I am honoured to be a small part of their lives and I invite you to join us in working together towards ‘lives transformed to fullness’ 

Mary enjoys a happy married life. She and her husband are blessed with two beautiful young daughters. Her husband gives her all the support she needs to work in this sector. YGL wishes Mary and her family God’s blessings, prosperity and good health and many more years of serving the vulnerable children and women!

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