NLCP Social Programme Operations Officer and Deputy COP

  • Full Time
  • Zambia
  • Applications have closed

Website Frankfurt Zoological Society Zambia

Linking livelihoods and landscapes through conservation

NLCP Social Programme Operations Officer

and Deputy COP, USAID-funded LLCA

Frankfurt Zoological Society – Zambia

Job Profile (short version)

FZS-Zambia is seeking a highly motivated Social Programme Operations Officer and Deputy Chief of Party (for the USAID-funded Luangwa Livelihoods and Conservation Activity, LLCA).  The position will be based in Mpika, Mano and/or any other agreed location with time spent in the field with the team, and with relatively frequent travel to Lusaka.  The position reports to the USAID-funded LLCA Chief of Party with occasional input from the NLCP Senior Management and several people who will report to the position – including he (currently named) Community Outreach Landscape Manager, Community Outreach Manager East and Coordinators.  This will be a two-year contract with further extension depending on performance.

Principal responsibilities

  • Ensure that the NLCP social programme is founded on a robust Theory of Change and results-based management, with adequate monitoring, evaluation, learning and adaptation
  • In a leadership role and as described in the purpose of the job, guide and mentor the field-based implementation of FZS’s work with the people living in the North Luangwa Landscape – including leading the work on Land and Resource Use agreements, ii) agricultural extension (including conservation/regenerative agriculture and enhancing coexistence between humans and wildlife), iii) enterprise and livelihood development and iv) literacy, education and vocational training – all to function within the environmental framework of FZS’s work which will contribute to achieving our conservation goals in the landscape.
  • Contribute to keeping NLCP’s stakeholder analysis up to date such that the power dynamics and structures, and influences among all stakeholders and actors are well understood
  • Lead, oversee and mentor the field-based team of Managers, Coordinators, SCCOs, CCOs and CLAs
  • Work with other members of the team, including the FZS-Zambia’s Senior Management team and Finance Department, the MERL Advisor, the Gender/Diversity Advisor, the NLCP Chief Operations Officer, the Programme Manager and all Grant Managers within the FZS-Zambia tea
  • Engage with partners and other actors, including engaging technical staff and consultants, and/or other partner organisations to support the social programme
  • Contribute to the development of proposals and reports for submission to donor
  • Lead the development of annual work plans for and reporting on the social programme’s fieldwork

1. Required attributes, skills, experience and qualifications

  • A first degree and preferably a post-graduate degree (Master’s or PhD) in social science –ideally within sustainable development, social development and protection, or similar
  • A minimum of 6 years of international experience in programme design, development and implementation – within at least two of the following: livelihood programmes, community-level enterprise development, human-wildlife conflict mitigation and management, community-based nature resource management, social marketing, community-based organisation governance and operation, conservation/regenerative agriculture among small-holder farmers, grievance redress mechanisms
  • Experience working as a social development practitioner, including (but not limited to) stakeholder engagement and stakeholder mappin
  • Experience leading and managing diverse and multi-cultural teams
  • Experience living in remote areas
  • Valid driver’s license with 4×4 off-road experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and fluency in written and oral Englis
  • A self-motivated, person who demonstrates great initiative


Only candidates who meet the specified qualifications should apply. Please submit the following as a single document:

  1. Cover Letter – 1-page description of why you are suitable for the role
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV) – 3 pages describing your experience, qualifications and 3 traceable referees.

Applications must be sent via email to [email protected], make sure you indicate in the email subject line the position you are applying for or drop your applications at the Frankfurt Zoological Society / Department of National Parks and Wildlife Offices in Mpika.  Note that your cover letter and CV must be emailed as a single document.

Closing Date: 22nd March, 2023 at 23:59. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. FZS-NLCP is an equal-opportunity employer, and everyone is free to apply.

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