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Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Senior Technical Specialist – Youth Health and Economic Inclusion



Job Description


YLabs is a leading global design and research organization working to improve health and economic opportunity for young people 10–24 years old. Founded in 2016 at the Harvard Innovation Lab, YLabs has partnered with young people in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Central America to design health programs that address key challenges in sexual/reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and mental health. Find out more about our projects here:

Our team of physicians, designers, economists, public health professionals, and educators bring a unique mix of human-centered design, adolescent health, evaluation, economic and health outcome evaluation, behavioral science, and implementation know-how to the global problems facing youth.

We have offices in the US and Rwanda, and are currently supporting our teams to work remotely during COVID-19 in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.


We’re looking for an established leader in young people’s health and empowerment to support YLabs global projects. In this role, the Senior Technical Specialist will provide technical expertise in mental health and/or sexual and reproductive health, and youth employment to our multi-disciplinary team and partners. This role will be responsible for providing technical leadership to a project focused on supporting young people in Tanzania to have improved health and livelihoods. The geographic focus of the project is Dar es Salaam, Morogoro and Zanzibar. The role will be based in Dar es Salaam, with some requirement for travel to support field activities.

The Senior Technical Specialist will provide leadership to team members during field work and throughout each phase of the solution design process. The ideal candidate will be excited to work with a dynamic interdisciplinary team of designers and public health professionals to support the participatory design and development of design solutions for some of the biggest challenges facing young people globally. They will provide technical expertise to support the design and evaluation of programs aimed to improve adolescent health and livelihoods. They will work to understand community perspectives, build and test prototypes, and implement and evaluate solutions that improve young people’s health and economic opportunity.

They will also support building strong relationships with our partners (including donor/client organizations, relevant government agencies, and other NGOs) throughout the project. They’ll help craft and disseminate compelling storytelling for a variety of audiences about our work and the young people and communities with whom we design in partnership.


● At least eight years of professional experience in a relevant field to our work (public health, medicine, research disciplines, economics, international development)
● Expertise in sexual and reproductive health, mental health, HIV and/or economic inclusion
● Fluency in quantitative and qualitative research methods across the research process, from research protocol development, to data collection and analysis, to reporting and presenting work
● Strong written and verbal communication skills
● Strong collaboration skills with attention to addressing power differentials, and ensuring equity in our work and in our organization
● Strong project management skills; able to effectively communicate with supervisor and team members about work flow and prioritization of deliverables
● Experience in meaningful youth engagement methods
● Human-centered design training or experience is not a prerequisite for this role; this will be provided

Desirable skills:
● Experience in digital health and social and behavior change communication
● Research ethics including safeguarding and protection
● Program evaluation


● Skilled at working on complex projects with multiple workstreams
● Passionate about YLabs’ mission to design solutions with youth that measurably and meaningfully improve their lives.
● Enthusiastic to work as part of a dynamic and supportive multi-disciplinary team of designers, public health specialists, writers, and evaluation experts;
● Committed to building trusting, convivial working relationships that support wellness, creativity, and collective joy
● Adaptable, optimistic, and flexible when faced with changing circumstances and challenges
● A pro at prioritization, delegation, and helping others prioritize and delegate as needed
● Willing to work flexible hours to accommodate evening calls with the US-based YLabs team
● Fluent in English and Swahili


This is a full-time, two-year contract role which requires the ability to legally work in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. You will be collaborating with an in-country team, as well as our wider global team in Rwanda and the USA.


This is a fixed rate two-year contract from October 2022 through September 2024. The pay range for this position is TSH69,900,000 ($30,000 USD) – TSH105,000,000 ($45,000 USD) per year, commensurate with experience.


This role is based in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. It is a 24-month, fixed term contract. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line: Senior Technical Specialist- Tanzania. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

This posting will be open from October 4th to October 31st. All applications will be reviewed by our Hiring Committee. YLabs recognizes the effort that goes into submitting an application; all candidates will be notified of their application status once the hiring process begins.

All YLabs offers of employment are conditional on satisfactory background check and criminal record clearances.