Field Officer – Community Engagement and Gender

Mafinga District, Muchinga Province, Zambia, Full Time May 16, 2022

Position Title: Field Officer – Community Engagement and Gender
Reports to: Project Manager/ Catchment Management Expert
Location:  Mafinga District, Muchinga Province, Zambia
Position Type: Full time position for 2 years with possibility of extension
Project Duration: 5 years (2022 – 2026)
Consistent with the country’s vision 2030, National Development Plans, National Policy on Environment (2007), and other relevant environmental policies, strategies and plans, the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) through the Environmental Management Department under the Ministry of Green Economy and Environment (MoGEE) is promoting an integrated landscape approach for the Luangwa catchment area with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF). World Wildlife Fund Inc. (WWF) was designated by GRZ as the GEF Implementing Agency for Zambia’s project: Sustainable Luangwa: Securing Luangwa’s water resources for shared socioeconomic and environmental benefits through integrated catchment management. The project’s objective is to reduce forest and land degradation of the Luangwa Upper Sub-catchment for enhanced protection of water resources, biodiversity and associated community livelihoods and has three key components: 1) Protected area management and establishment in the Luangwa headwaters; 2) Community management of the upper Luangwa Sub-Catchment (Mafinga District); and 3) Knowledge management and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). The project will be implemented over a 60-month timeframe starting in July2022.
Major Functions
Under the guidance and supervision of the Project Manager, the Field Officer – Community Engagement and Gender will be responsible for leading the delivery of the stakeholder engagement plan, community engagement processes to achieve all the project outputs, and the gender action plan for the project. The position will also provide assistance with research projects on the ground; assist in day to day running of the Mafinga office; support the coordination of meetings and workshops with communities or other stakeholders in the landscape; implement initiatives to strengthen the communities in project areas through sustainable resource uses of forests, water resources and wildlife; liaise closely with communities, traditional leaders, district and provincial offices and relevant government departments to ensure synergy and support for site activities to deliver gender equality and stakeholder inclusion across the project.
The Field Officer will work in close collaboration with the project teams and implementing partners and external organizations and will report to the Project Manager.

Coordinate and track implementation of the stakeholder engagement plan and gender action plan, under the supervision of the Project Manager;
Assess knowledge and capacity needs of project staff and partners on stakeholder engagement and gender issues, concepts and mainstreaming at the onset of the project;
Provide capacity building as needed over the life of the project on the issues mentioned above and on how to support implementation of the stakeholder engagement plan and gender action plan;
Support the coordination of meetings and workshops with communities and other stakeholders in the landscape;
Implement initiatives to strengthen the communities in project areas through sustainable resource uses of forests, water resources and wildlife;
Liaise closely with communities, traditional leaders, district and provincial offices and relevant government departments to ensure synergy and support for site activities;
Work with the Project Manager to design methodologies and implementation plans for the execution of project Outputs and activities in close collaboration with technical specialists;
Work with field teams and implementation partners to build understanding of project processes and technical requirements aligned with the project work plans;
Record information on field activities and provide inputs to quarterly, semi-annual, and annual reports on project progress and impact in partnership with the PM;
Provide inputs on the status of project activities to support Results Framework and Work Plan Tracking for the WWF-GEF Project at the end of each project year;
Provide inputs to the development of project workplans and participate in project management meetings and annual reflection workshops to inform adaptive management of the project;
Troubleshoot project delivery challenges in collaboration with the PM;
Provide logistical support and technical inputs to project supervision missions and evaluations (by WWF-GEF Agency, MoGEE, WWF ZCO and external evaluators);
Document project learning and provide inputs to knowledge products with relevant parties;
Socialize the Grievance Redress Mechanism with communities, acting as a point person for submission of grievances from communities.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience

A Bachelor’s degree is required in social sciences, gender studies, community development, social anthropology, natural resource management or a related field;
A Master’s degree in the above-mentioned fields is an added advantage;
Must have at least 3 years of relevant work experience of project management, planning and implementation including community mobilisation and engagement in Zambia;
Ideally 2 of those years of experience will be in the execution of natural resource management projects implemented by national/international NGOs/agencies/government;
Must have experience of gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment, preferably in a natural resource management project setting;
Knowledge of the institutional and legal framework pertaining to land, forest and water resources management, as well as of relevant policy issues in Zambia.
Proven leadership, facilitation and stakeholder engagement skills;
Experience in working with traditional leaders and communities (including with more marginalized groups), and collaborating with multi-sectorial teams as well as government officials;
Skills in project planning and implementation, monitoring, financing, management and reporting;
Excellent inter-personal and lobbying skills, including the ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders and partners at district and community levels;
Excellent oral and written communications skills in English;
Excellent conflict management and mitigation skills in local community environments;
Knowledge of local languages Nyika and/ or Lambya) spoken in Mafinga District is a requirement;
Excellent organizational and logistical skills, and the ability to work in strenuous field conditions in a remote rural setting;
Must be proficient in use of MS Office programmes; expertise using database and Excel preferred;
Clean valid driver’s license and ability to ride a motorbike.

Job application procedure
How to apply: Email cover letter and CV to [email protected]  by 16th May, 2022. Please mention “Your name- Field Officer – Community Engagement and Gender” as your subject of your email.
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