EFE-Global & EuropEFE Staff Positions

EFE-Global & EuropEFE Internships



Vice President, Development

Washington, DC or New York, NY

About the Organization

Education For Employment (EFE) was founded on the belief that when young people have jobs and the hope of building a future for themselves, they help lay the foundation for secure and peaceful societies. We currently operate in the Middle East and North Africa - the region with the world's highest youth unemployment rate. We are transforming the lives of young people by giving them the opportunity to work and the tools to create productive, independent livelihoods. Through unique partnerships with business, government, education, and civic leaders in our countries of operation, we design tailor-made training programs that give unemployed young people the specific skills to get and keep a job. At the end of our training programs, our graduates are placed in jobs that our partners commit before training begins. Graduates receive ongoing support through our mentoring and alumni networks.

Over the last five years, Education For Employment has enjoyed a period of rapid. In 2010, EFE had placed 1,000 graduates in jobs (since inception in 2006). By the end of 2015, EFE projects to have placed 8,000 youth in jobs and graduated over 30,000 young people from its various job-readiness and entrepreneurship programs. The organization also has recently expanded to new countries in the Gulf region (UAE and Saudi Arabia) and in 2016 is establishing a presence in Algeria. EFE is poised for another period of rapid growth with an emphasis on quality and strengthening of the network’s affiliate institutions. The Vice President, Development role will be an important contributor to this next strategic phase.

Position Summary

We are hiring a Vice President, Development to create and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy that achieves our revenue and sustainability objectives. The Vice President’s primary focus will be to diversify and broaden our existing donor base to engage more individuals and private foundations with an initial focus in the United States. In addition, the Vice President will be responsible for creating fundraising systems and processes that ease collaboration among EFE’s global staff. The Vice President also will work to build organizational and staff capacity among the Affiliates to develop long-term plans for sustainability and associated funding strategies.

The ideal candidate will bring a demonstrated passion for EFE’s mission and the communication skills to effectively share EFE’s impact through creative and data-driven storytelling. S/he must also demonstrate a successful record of engaging new funders resulting in major gifts. To work well in EFE’s culture, the Vice President must also be a collaborative team-player who proactively builds relationships with colleagues and other key stakeholders. The top candidate also will possess an entrepreneurial mindset and thrive in a dynamic, high-growth environment.

Key Responsibilities

  • Strategy. Working in collaboration with the President/CEO and EFE-Global management team, develop and execute an annual development strategy for EFE-Global.
  • Proposal development. Lead the development of funding proposals and grant applications targeted at private individuals and foundations, primarily in the United States.
  • Donor cultivation. Research new prospects in coordination with program team in the US and, when appropriate, with affiliate partner organizations. Cultivate, solicit, and steward existing and new donors to achieve fundraising objectives.
  • Systems. Oversee the establishment of the processes and systems (including databases and other technology solutions using Salesforce.com) to coordinate development and fundraising initiatives for individual, foundation, and government grants for the US organization and the Network overall. Track fundraising activities across the Network to ensure successful donor stewardship. Coordinate EFE-Global staff in the US and Europe with fundraising
  • responsibilities.
  • Board engagement. Engage EFE-Global Board members effectively in fundraising initiatives. Provide training and coaching, as needed, to ensure consistency and effectiveness of fundraising messages and objectives.
  • Affiliate engagement. Support Affiliates as they develop, refine and implement sustainability goals, strategies, and budgets. Obtain expert technical assistance for Affiliates to strengthen capabilities in these areas. The level of assistance will depend on each Affiliate’s needs at their particular stage of development.
  • Team management. Hire and manage a staff member to support the development function.

Key Qualifications

  • A passion for EFE’s mission
  • Relevant experience in an individual major gift and private foundation development function
  • Successful experience designing, developing, implementing and managing development strategies
  • Demonstrated ability to prospect, cultivate, and manage new donor relationships; strong partnership-building and relationship-management skills
  • Previous experience building organizational capacity (systems, processes, technology) and staff capacity (training)
  • Successful fundraising with high net-worth individuals and private foundations in the United States; international fundraising experience, particularly in MENA, a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial, high-growth, collaborative environment
  • Ability to travel to the MENA region.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include "Vice President - Development" in your subject line.

Education For Employment (EFE) is an equal employment opportunity employer. It is the organization’s policy to seek out and hire, at all levels, individuals without regard to race, religion, age, color, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or physical ability. We affirm our policy of offering equal employment opportunities to all individuals through our employment practices.

Organizational Strategy Internship

About EFE

The mission of Education for Employment (EFE) is to create job opportunities for unemployed youth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) by linking world-class job training to job placements and alumni support for continued success and civic engagement. EFE has pioneered an innovative, demand-driven model for youth employment, distinctive in the region for measuring results in job outcomes rather than training numbers alone. Another distinctive feature of EFE’s model is to co-create locally-run non-profit organizations or affiliates in each country of operation with local business and civil society leaders who have the leverage, insight, and credibility to initiate sustainable change in their societies. These local affiliates in Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Tunisia, and Morocco lead a variety of trainings for unemployed youth and help them all the way through to being placed in jobs.

Internship Opportunity

EFE seeks an intern to support its Strategic Initiatives for external expansion into Algeria and Mauritania, and to streamline EFE’s internal functions. It represents a strong opportunity to learn about the inner workings of a successful and growing development organization, to build lasting institutions, and to support on new projects in the Maghreb and Sahel. Key responsibilities include:

  • Helping catalogue, document, and map the various processes comprising the EFE model as the basis for detailed process manuals that will underlie all future EFE expansions
  • Helping determine which processes will be most applicable and relevant to EFE’s new project in Algeria and prioritizing manual-building for these
  • Outreach to organizations outside EFE’s geographic scope that are interested in partnering with EFE or accessing EFE’s services and approach.
  • Helping EFE develop additional tools and resources for a best-in-class internship and fellows program
  • Creating infographics to serve as training tools for new staff and interns


  • Graduate student with interest and experience in office administration, nonprofit administration, HR, nonprofit management preferred, exceptional BA and undergraduate candidates will be considered
  • Regional knowledge of the Middle East and North Africa. Deeper knowledge of Algeria, Mauritania, and Oman a plus
  • Outstanding writing and organizational skills
  • Good graphic design skills (in terms of visual presentation, not complex software)
  • Fluency in French, Arabic a plus
  • Candidate must be flexible, enthusiastic, a quick learner, and able to work independently


This internship will be for the Fall 2016 semester. It is unpaid, with no stipends offered. It is part-time, 1 to 2 days a week, 6-10 hours per week, based remotely or in EFE’s Washington, DC office. Flexibility of schedule and office space will be offered to accommodate student course schedule or other job commitments, based on reliability and completion of assigned tasks.

Application Guidelines

Send a resume and cover letter to Nilanj Desai, EFE Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

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Appendix A:

EFE Network Websites

EFE-Global: www.efe.org (reflecting achievements of full EFE Network) EFE|Egypt : http://www.efeegypt.org

Jordan EFE: www.jefe.jo

EFE-Maroc: www.efemaroc.org Palestine EFE: http://www.pefe.ps/ EFE-Tunisie: http://www.efetunisie.org Yemen EFE: http://www.yefe.org/

Appendix B:

Context: What Isn’t Working

The following stories are illustrative of why EFE needs to enhance its digital presence. Each of these stories represents a missed opportunity: to link a young person to a job; to help a company grow with skilled employees; to engage major corporate leaders in creating youth employment solutions; and, to help EFE more efficiently serve greater numbers of youth and businesses.

Marwa has been looking for a job for over a year in her hometown in the rural interior of Tunisia. She has spent hours searching for training programs that she can afford, but her Arabic internet search never produced information on Education For Employment – Tunisie, because the website is only in French.

Even if she’d been able to find the site, the results would have appeared garbled. The site is not optimized for mobile, even though like many potential EFE trainees, Marwa accesses the internet through her mobile, as her family does not have a computer.

Zaid is an executive at one of the GCC’s leading multinationals. At the WEF, he sits on a panel with EFE’s CEO, and “falls in love with” the EFE model. It aligns perfectly with his company’s new CSR focus on youth employment in MENA, and he suspects that EFE could also be a source of employees for the businesses in his supply chain. In two minutes of spare time, he Googles "education for employmeafter shifting through unrelated search results, finally lands on the EFE Network website. He is underwhelmed, and surprised: it is not as professionhe turns his attention elsewhere.

Riham is the Director of Talent Management at a fast-growing restaurant chain expanding out of the Gin Cairo, Amman, and Ramallah. She needs a reliable, simple and fast way to source entry-level employees across these three geographimentioned an organization called “Education For Employment,” which fits with the restaurant chain’s progressive values, but when Rihthe name wrong, and decides to use private sector training companies in each country instead.

After 25 years spent building one of Palestine’s leading marketing agencies, Saeed is ready to give back. He had struggled to find a job as a young man, and he wants to donate to a cause that will help young Palestinians avoid the obstacles he faced. He heard about Palestine EFE on the radio and loved the model, but when he found their website there wasn’t a way to donate. He figured they had sufficient funding, and dropped the idea.

Dua’a leads corporate outreach at EFE-Maroc. The organization has high growth targets, and a new strategy to secure job placements for youth at local SMEs that need skilled talent to grow. The strategy shows great results, but it has tripled the number of employer partners in her portfolio and she’s struggling to keep up. She worries that expressions of interest are slipping through the cracks, and she wishes there were a way for interested SME employers to log their own information into EFE’s new contact management system so she could process even more employer requests.