SJDA is seeking applications for the position of Placement Officer, based in Karachi with the technical and operational background.
The Placement Officer will provide employment-related market intelligence to the Case Workers/Mentors and job placement support to the Program beneficiaries across Pakistan for providing them a sustainable livelihood pathway. This includes:
Understanding overall economy, keep abreast of evolving opportunities for employment and maintain and update market intelligence;
Maintain relationships with recruiters and HR firms;
Facilitate case workers/mentors for developing Family Development Plans as per the aspirations of the family, tying it with the market needs;
Research future trends, provide strategic input to the program team, and facilitate beneficiary families in selecting economic pathways per the market trend.
The Placement Officer will report administratively to the Area Manager and technically to the Sr. Specialist, Market Intelligence & Job Placement.
Understand overall economy, maintain and update market intelligence
Identify and maintain an inventory of the current and future job opportunities and related income brackets.
Identify the prerequisites for shortlisted job opportunities for the families and understand candidate profiling required to gain such job employment.
Identify reputable training institutions and courses they offer, in line with shortlisted job profiles.
Coordinate with commercial / microfinance banks to understand the types of micro business loans, including Government loans and products, that can benefit the beneficiaries.
Partner for Case Workers/Mentors on Family Development Plans
Provide technical input to the Case Workers/Mentors on how to develop employment related livelihood pathways.
Provide technical input on economic pathways shortlisted by the families themselves or suggest new economic pathway options to them.
Maintain a data bank of potential job opportunities in program areas; with shortlisted candidates profiling to facilitate pre- and post-placement work with beneficiary families.
Orienting and facilitating prospective employees regarding general expectations of employers and preparing them for interviews.
Arrange for interviews and provide pre-interview guidance to the potential individuals in the families who will be ready to apply for the jobs.
Maintain relationships with various stakeholders
Establish and maintain relationships with recruiters and HR firms and stay abreast of current and future hiring and business needs.
Develop, maintain and update the pool of employers and employable skills.
Identify and maintain a database of reputed training institutions, training details (including training timelines, course contents and costs) and after-training job prospects.
Assist with training as well as job placement of beneficiaries either directly or through recruiter relationship. These beneficiaries could either be from the local area (South) or migrants from other areas (both rural and urban areas) across Pakistan.
Build an employment-related livelihoods database with the help of training institutes.
Meet with new partner institutions (training institutions/employers) frequently and share the program’s vision.
Research future trends and provide strategic input
Meet with industry leaders to identify what types of job opportunities exists in the short term, medium-term and long-term.
Facilitate in producing updated reports on the employment landscape from time to time for management information.Required Skills
Skills and Attitudes
Excellent communication, interpersonal and networking skills.
Ability to develop and nurture professional relationships with recruiters and employers.
Goal-oriented, data-driven, with a positive ‘can-do’ attitude and strong problem-solving skills.
Demonstrated ability to build strong, supportive, and collaborative working relationships with internal team members, volunteers and the leadership.
Flexibility and agility to adapt to changing requirements.
Good knowledge of the current and emerging job markets.
Strong knowledge of sustainable economic / livelihood pathways.
Experience and expertise of job market research.
Experience in writing actionable reports that build on input from multiple stakeholders and developing reports and actionable dashboards.
Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Master’s degree (at least 16 years of education) from HEC recognized university or internationally recognized university (for degree holders having degrees outside of Pakistan), preferably an MBA in Marketing/HR.
Have a minimum of 5 years of work experience with at least 3 years in similar capacity, preferably with a recruitment agency/HR department or marketing department of a medium / large organization.
Strong communication skills in English and Urdu (both oral and written).
Travel and Schedule
The position will be based in Karachi with frequent travel across the Country.
Requires a flexible schedule in order to accommodate a non-traditional work week, including some evenings and weekends.