District Coordinator

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  • Mongu, Zambia
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PIN

Position: District Coordinator
Location: Mongu, Western Province, Zambia
Contract duration: Fixed short-term contract for 12 months
Start date: ASAP
Direct Line Manager: Capacity Building Officer

OVERVIEW

Background

People in Need (PIN) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization with the headquarters in Prague, Czech Republic, providing humanitarian assistance and development aid all over the world. For more information, please see www.peopleinneed.cz

Our mission is to support and improve the livelihood of vulnerable people. We strive for open, informed, engaged and responsible society that would be able to address problems at home as well as in the world. We want to actively participate in shaping a society where cultural, ethnic, racial and other differences are a source of enrichment rather than conflict.

PIN’s office in Zambia is currently located in Mongu, Western province. PIN’s programme focusses on rural development using a multi-sectoral approach (agriculture, nutrition, food security, WASH, saving groups, maternal and child health, energy) and on good governance

Description of the Role

PIN is implementing a three-year project to strengthen citizen’s action to improve democratic governance in Luapula and Western Provinces. In Luapula Province, the project is being implemented in Chembe, Chienge and Mansa districts while Mongu, Kalabo and Limulunga are the focus districts in Western Province. The project is being implemented in partnership with the Mansa District Land Alliance (MDLA).

The objective of the project is to create an active civil society and support communities in development and democratic governance. The District Coordinator will be responsible for:

  • Overall coordination of all activities at district level, including supporting the CBO to manage relationships with stakeholders such as CSOs, government officers and others.
  • Overall preparation and implementation of activity schedules at district level.
  • Representing PIN at district networking events.

Responsibilities:

  • Actively participates in development, implementation and revision of annual and monthly work plans and budgets
  • Coordinate information management and dissemination at district level and ensure adequate information flow, discussions and feedback among the CSOs, other NGOs and key stakeholders of the project
  • Identify stakeholders (community members, traditional leaders, government officials, CBOs) to be trained at district level.
  • Coordinate community awareness activities, media activities and discussion forums at district level
  • Participate in national and provincial level activities organized by stakeholders as assigned by line manager
  • Identify local issues and prepare information/reports for national level advocacy and media activities
  • Actively participate in the development of a communication and advocacy strategy and implement district level activities including information provision
  • Support the development of guidelines around CSO engagement with government at district level
  • Report on implementation of activities and utilization of financial resources
  • Assist in providing support for improving Civil Society relationship and engagement with local government, enabling CSOs to work in partnership with local government officials while simultaneously addressing issues of accountability and tolerance
  • Assist in the development of tools to equip CSOs and citizens to better engage with local governments, including talking points, round table consultation strategies, public–private working groups approaches, etc.
  • Support CSOs in the implementation of small grants and provide regular coaching and mentoring to CSOs to oversee compliance with the agreed work plans and budgets
  • Facilitate knowledge development events and assist in the preparation of policy briefs, various communication materials, networking and sustainability guidelines, advocacy strategies and action plans, and radio programs including supporting their implementation
  • Be actively involved and keep excellent working relationships with various stakeholders such as government offices, other NGOs, CSOs, Western Province NGO fora, local authorities (Traditional Leaders), MDLA and communities
  • Assists with the exchange and sharing of experiences and lessons learnt with MDLA and relevant stakeholder
  • Identify new project opportunities related to good governance; conducts assessments and collects data and contribute to new project proposals
  • Demonstrated ability to design and adapt tools and to document success stories and project learning for replication
  • Provide support to monitoring and evaluation of activities of the programs such as results framework, baseline, mid-line and end line products
  • Monitoring of district level activities
  • Support Capacity Building Officer in the development of training manuals and organisation of trainings

Note: All the above key responsibilities are for guidance purpose only. Specific and detailed job responsibilities would form part of the job contract of the applicant selected for the position. People In Need (PIN) does not grant relocation allowance.

PERSON SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

Work Experience and Knowledge

  • At least three years’ experience in local governance, civil society, organizational capacity building, advocacy, rule of law or other related democracy, rights and governance sectors working in technical advisory and capacity building position in the good governance area.
  • Minimum three years’ experience working with CSOs, district councils, or other governance structures at the local level.
  • Understanding of and experience in project management cycle, including contract management, public/financial management, risk management and M&E.
  • Experience of working for an international organization is beneficial.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Ability to speak the local language will be an added advantage.
  • Motor bike riding with valid class “A” licence (added advantage).

Education

  • Full grade 12 certificate
  • Diploma (or equivalent) in the relevant field (project coordination, political science, social sciences, good governance, etc.).

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Please submit your application including a detailed CV (Max 2pages), copies of academic credentials/certificates, salary expectation and other data by filling in the form found on this link.
  • All completed application must clearly mention on top the position applied for and must reach to above address of People in Need office before, September 9, 2020 17:00 Hours (CAT)
  • Due to limited resources, Human Resource will only contact the shortlisted candidates.
  • If selected for interviews, these candidates will be expected to complete a short written assessment test before the formal interview
  • Any offer made will be conditional on receipt of three (3) or more favourable written reference(s) (from your most recent employer, any other previous employer and a character reference). In case clarification is required post the receipt of complete reference forms, People in Need reserves the right to call the referees.
  • Female applicants are especially encouraged to apply
Important Note: Offers of employment or job openings with requests for payment or fees should be treated with extreme caution, viewed as potentially fraudulent and reported immediately.
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