Project Officer: Ntengwe for Community Development Deadline: 15 April 2022


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Project Officer: Ntengwe for Community Development

Deadline: 15 April 2022

Base Station: Victoria Falls

Type of contract: One Year contract

Expected start date: 1 may 2022

About

Ntengwe for Community Development (Ntengwe) is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. Ntengwe does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Ntengwe is currently working in various areas concerning sustainable development, from inclusive growth and sustainable livelihoods, as well as sustainable energy, environment and resilience. Ntengwe builds partnerships to help advance grassroots women’s empowerment and leadership. We stand with people who are creating loving, just and equitable futures, and advocate for gender equality, economic, social and climate justice in Zimbabwe and the African region. The climate change portfolio at Ntengwe is organized around the thematic areas of climate change adaptation and mitigation; disaster management and resilience; and access to clean and efficient energy.

Ntengwe are to implement the “Community Led Sustainable Livelihood Response”, (CLSL), to be implemented in Hwange district (Change, Chilanga and Nekatambe Wards), funded by Christian Aid Zimbabwe under the Wales and Africa Grant. The project is aimed at enhancing the capacities of vulnerable women smallholder farmers groups for addressing climate change risks through integrating climate concerns into planning and implementation of rural infrastructural development at grass root level and strengthening capacities of various stakeholders in the planning / implementing value chain.

This will be achieved through the following interventions in the project areas: Using the Survivor-Community Led Crisis Response (SCRL) Approach, awareness on climate change impacts, vulnerabilities and adaptation / mitigation strategies for rural development are enhanced; Increased support of small and medium enterprises for increased income levels through sustainable livelihoods; Improved harvesting techniques and potential for mainstreaming climate concerns in agricultural development programs to be replicated and upscaled through knowledge exchange.

Duties and responsibilities

The Project Officer is to be hired for the project implementation and will be based at Victoria Falls office and shall work under the guidance and supervision of the Ntengwe management. The secondary reporting would be to local governments and our funding partners; The candidate will be expected to provide support the three wards in Hwange district and closely work with the grassroots women smallholder farmers, liaise with other government departments and facilitate executing the CLSL activities in the project areas; Access and analyze the climate change and vulnerability data for the project area and develop climate responsive planning and design tools for resilience building in the project areas; The candidate will work closely with line ministries, like AGRITEX and Ministry of Women’s Affairs, and come out with climate compatible models in the project areas; Support in designing training modules in consultation with key stakeholders and grassroots community groups and assist in training district level officials to incorporate climate change in planning and design and other social protection schemes of government; Carryout beneficiary registration and selection based on agreed criteria; Mobilizing communities so that they are able to implement project activities as outlined in the project proposal; To implement a donor funded Food and Sustainable Agriculture Project to a high standard in line with donor and organizational expectations; Coordinate all field activities under this project by providing technical support to the project participants; Contact training sessions and provide extension and advisory services to communities involved in horticulture, and assist farmers to produce cropping calendars and ensure that they are implemented accordingly; Support targeted households to produce a variety of garden crops and link them to formal markets; Work with the farmers to develop their production and marketing value chain and support value addition processes for horticultural produce; Facilitate access and utilization of water for production of garden crops using water saving technologies; Support formation and strengthening of farmers’ associations for advocacy and lobbying; Ensure that all the cross-cutting issues i.e gender, environment, COVID-19 prevention and Safeguarding are mainstreamed in all the project activities; Liaising with strategic linkages / networks of the organization and participating at forums that strengthen collaboration and coordination; Collect project information from operating areas, feeding into the results monitoring system of the organization; Assist in the procurement of project inputs based of approved specifications and bills of quantities; Prepare quality project progress reports on time and submit same to the supervisor; Timeously compile draft district stakeholders’ reports, (monthly, quarterly bi-annual and annual report) to Ntengwe Management; Prepare monthly work plans and submit these to Programmes Coordinator by the end of every month; Responsible for preparing project activity requisitions and concept notes for the project; Facilitate proper planning of the project; Participate in surveys, assessments, baseline to ensure effective project implementation; Prepares monitoring and annual work plans for the project; Prepares project brief meetings for management; Gather experience from other areas to demonstrate model climate resilience practices in the project area; Organize district level workshops to disseminate the learning and experience of best practices; Provide help in day-to-day management and reporting on the activities. Document and prepare briefs on the progress of project activities and their outcomes for Ntengwe and the Funding partner.

Competencies

Core: Achieve results: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for the CSLS projects, have lasting impact; Think Innovatively: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems; Learn Continuously: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences; Adapt with Agility: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands; Act with Determination: Think beyond immediate task / barriers and take action to achieve greater results; Enable Diverse and Inclusion: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity.

Qualifications and experience

Bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution in environmental science / climate change / Agriculture, Disaster Risk Reduction, Gender and Development or other related field; Masters in any of the above is an added advantage; Knowledgeable in Safeguarding and Accountability, Climate Change. Emergency and recovery responses, and women’s economic empowerment essential. Outstanding quantitative and qualitative analysis skills; Attention to detail and good problem-solving skills; Minimum of three years of relevant experience, implementing a donor funded project; Good understanding of environment, rural infrastructure and rural development issues at grassroots level; S/he needs to be conversant with the available knowledge on issues related to climate change adaptation for natural resource management at the district level; Good oral and written communication skills; Fluent English, Tonga, Nambya and Ndebele essential; Team player and able to work under tight deadlines; Familiarity with Project Management Cycle; High appreciation of resilience building and climate change issues; Highly computer literate, especially in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Power point, office software packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems, and: Experience of working with National / State Governments / NGOs / Civil Society on similar assignments will be preferred; Hands-on experience in implementation and monitoring of projects related to climate change; Ability to build strategic partnerships with a wide array of stakeholders working in the field of rural development; Good client orientation skills to meet client needs; Ability to promote accountability and Resource Based Management; Excellent documentation skills; Outstanding communication, project management and organization skills; Ability to build and maintain constructive relationships with colleagues (and reports where appropriate); Treat people with respect and is co-operative, supportive and helpful with a positive contribution to the working environment.


To apply

To apply

If you meet the above criteria and are interested, send us your application letter and detailed Curriculum Vitae with three traceable references. Ensure that your application is clearly marked with the position applied for in the application heading. Send to [email protected] Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. We believe in equal employment opportunity. We also require successful candidates to submit police clearances. Submit application not later than 15 April 2022. Expected start date is latest by 1 May 2022. Candidates must also be able to attend interviews at any advised date. A Secret security clearance is a requirement for this position. As a result, the incumbent must possess the Latest National and District Zimbabwe Republic Police Fingerprints clearance according to the Ntengwe for Community Development Safeguarding and Accountability policy before commencement of work

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