Program Director, Mexico


Program Director


This person’s supervisor will be the Mexico Country Director.


Program Manager, Program Coordinators, Consultants


For 30 years, our sole focus has been to help young people succeed. Together with partners around the world, we’ve invested in ensuring that youth develop the leadership, technical, and life skills to earn a livelihood. Whether it’s landing a first job, growing a business, or driving social change, every young person deserves the opportunity to realize his or her full potential. Rooted in the belief of youth as problem-solvers, change-makers, and leaders, our initiatives are catalysts for change. For more information please consult


To provide strategic guidance and leadership related to the planning, management and implementation of assigned IYF programs.  Program direction will include overseeing and managing program operations; coordinating the development a multi-stakeholder approach at the state, federal and local levels; ensuring the provision of high quality capacity building assistance; ensuring proper oversight of IYF personnel, financial management and administration; and coordinating with other stakeholders in the region to ensure that IYF leverages effective resources in implementing the project initiatives. S/he will also be responsible for establishing strong relationships with the appropriate donor representatives and serve as the liaison with the donor.


  • Provide overall strategic management of assigned programs ensuring all aspects of the programs are well coordinated, executed on time and maximize the resources and talents, and that the outcomes and impacts are achieved.  This includes the development of an overall plan for the program, annual plans, budgets, timelines and other required deliverables which are essential for good execution.
  • Support and supervise staff and consultants involved in the design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of this program.
  • Foster and maintain excellent and effective relationships with key stakeholders, including donors and Mexico government officials. Act as the primary liaison to Mexican government partners as related to assigned programs.
  • Ensure the creation and maintenance of strong alliances at the local, state and federal levels and effective participation of multiple stakeholders (government, business, civil society organizations, and youth).
  • Ensure fiscal integrity and with support from IYF administrative and financial staff, compliance with all donor and IYF rules and regulations.  Successfully engage private sector partners and others in an effort to leverage more resources and with support from IYF’s Business Development department, ensure financial commitments are secured.
  • Produce effective written reports and oral presentations on the program, including preparing periodic reports, updating on developmental challenges facing the program, and articulating the program’s success in meeting deliverables.
  • Advise programs within and outside of the Americas region on how to incorporate a systems
  • Responsible for creating a communications strategy for assigned programs ensuring that assigned programs are well represented with local and international media, at events and with key audiences in Mexico.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Demonstrated excellence in strategic management of complex programs across multiple sites.
  • Strong leadership skills and demonstrated ability to manage and motivate teams.
  • Significant experience developing and supporting multi-stakeholder partnerships for systems change in one or more countries in Latin America.
  • Demonstrated expertise in youth employability issues, upper and/or higher education and training, education or labor policy development.
  • Demonstrated ability to find viable solutions to complicated problems in a flexible, time-sensitive and creative manner and to apply solid “troubleshooting” skills and sound judgment in dealing with partners experiencing implementation challenges.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish.
  • Ability and willingness to travel domestically within Mexico as well as internationally as required.
  • A Master’s degree or higher in economics, education, public administration or a closely related field, or relevant years of experience, is preferred.
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in planning and implementing multi-faceted development programs, preferably employment (formal or informal) and/or self-employment projects for young people in the Americas region.
  • Demonstrated experience managing donor-funded programs.




Mexico City, Mexico


Please submit the following documents in English via email to  with "Program Director - México" in the subject line:

To be eligible for this position, applicants must have the legal authority to work and reside in Mexico; this position is a local hire position in Mexico.


The International Youth Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.