Project Officer â WEE Project at Heifer International Zambia

Mumbwa, Full Time

Heifer International Zambia
Location: Zambia
State: Mumbwa
Job type: Full-Time
Job category: Administrative/Secretarial Jobs in Zambia

Job Description

Heifer International is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with a disability.
FUNCTION
Project Officer s overall role is to work with communities to collectively bring about social change and improve livelihoods. The Project Officer  will support the Program Manager in ensuring effective and efficient implementation of the Women Economic Empowerment Project. S/he will provide training, monitor progress, provide technical advice, evaluate and report on activities in assigned project areas and in alignment with the program plans, goals and other donor deliverables. The project has a strong component of monitoring, evaluation and learning. The Project Officer  will support the monitoring, evaluation and learning for the project. The Project Officer  will also assist in ensuring smooth coordination of activities by Heifer International Zambia and its partner organisations. The Project Officer  will play a key role in ensuring technical support to farmer organisations especially as regards to gender transformation, transformative leadership and business development.
 ESSENTIAL CHARACTER TRAITS:
Behave ethically; communicate effectively; creativity/Innovation; foster teamwork: compassion; generosity; humility, openness, conscientiousness, and extraversion.
RESPONSIBILITIES & DELIVERABLES
A. Capacity Development of farmer organizations, Cooperative members, community members to develop and establish viable enterprises to sustain their own development goals (30%)
Build the capacity of partners (SHGs/Producer, District Farmers Association, Cooperatives/Associations, public and private sectors) on all aspects of Social Capital Development, Governance, business development, Climate-Smart Agricultural/Conservation Agriculture activities including services, technologies, MIS, marketing channels.
Develop capacity building materials and operationalization of the business and marketing plans in the business hubs.
Design, track and review the implementation of enterprise development, and farmers preparedness to receive project resources/assets.
Train partners/farmers on respective cross-cutting themes, e.g., gender, agro-ecology, HIV/AIDS, VBHCD & Market-driven approaches.
Train Cooperatives or Producer Groups on Planning, Governance, and Management.
Improved capacities of local structures (both new & existing) organizational leadership.
Improved social cohesion and dynamism among community members.
Well-equipped farmers and partners with regular access to good quality risk management equipment/tools and services.
Organized exchange/peer learning visits every semester.
Established, functional and dynamic cooperatives or Producer Groups.
Established and functional network of Producer Groups and Cooperative.
B. Promote Gender relations and women empowerment (25%)
Conduct awareness campaigns on womens empowerment.
Promote Village Savings and Loans Groups.
Facilitate linkage of women to micro finance institutions.
Increased Women and girls agency.
Improved Gender Relations at household and community level.
C. Monitoring Learning and Evaluation (15%)
Collect data and maintain a good recording system on performance of farmer cooperatives/Associations for inclusion in reports and databases.
Evaluate and incorporate learning practices from project implementation
Monitor and make follow-ups through frequent visits to participating households and communities.
Prepare periodic reports and document best practices and lessons learned.
A functional M&E system in place
Conducted peer/exchange, Monitoring, and Control visits periodically.
Written and submitted high-quality reports periodically.
D. Value Chain and Business Development (25%)
Support training  and  development  of business plans and  business  skills for farmer cooperative  and enterprises.
Facilitate cohesive market relationships among identified actors in the value chain.
Facilitate farmer training on Postharvest loss manag