Advisor – Community Engagement for Integrated Watershed Management and Catchment Protection

Lusaka, Zambia, Full Time Salary: Negotiable Closes: June 2, 2021

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is the implementing agency of the Federal Republic of Germany for technical and international cooperation. It offers flexible, sustainable and effective solutions in political, economic and social change processes. Most of the work of GIZ is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). GIZ also operates on behalf of other German ministries as well as public and private bodies in Germany and abroad. These include the European Commission, the United Nations, the World Bank and governments of other countries.
Zambia has abundant water resources. However, due to population and economic growth there has been an increase in demand for the resource. At the same time, climate change, droughts and shifting rainfall patterns heavily impact on the availability and supply of water for domestic, industrial and agricultural use nationwide. The Lower Kafue Sub-Catchment is particularly affected by climate variability. On top of this, catchment degradation aggravates the situation. Rivers are encroached upon and factors like deforestation lead to higher erosion, which eventually cause siltation of rivers, reduced groundwater recharge and loss of fertile soils. Some of the once perennial Rivers stopped flowing.
As a result, the MWDSEP has initiated for a Road Map for Water Resources and Environmental Protection to be developed and implemented. Catchment protection and Integrated Watershed Management (IWsM) play a major role in it.
GIZ supported the Zambian water sector for many years. In February 2019, the project Accelerate Water and Agricultural Resources Efficiency (AWARE) was launched with funding from the European Union and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) with the overall objective to enhance climate smart integrated water resources management and efficient agricultural water use for smallholder farmers in the lower Kafue sub-catchment.
The implementing partners are the Zambian Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and the Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection (MWDSEP). Jointly with them, the project works on five output areas, namely (1) strengthening of WRM capacities at the national level, (2) strengthening of capacities of WRM-structures on the sub-catchment level, (3) strengthening of water user associations (WUAs) in the sub-catchment, (4) introduction of new technical options for smallholder farmers for efficient use of water resources, and (5) capacity development of public and private agricultural extension service providers to train smallholder farmers on efficient water use, harvesting and irrigation.
Output 2 and 3 include the implementation of Integrated Watershed Management (IWsM) and 16 Catchment Protection Measures (CPM), to restore the degraded rivers and surrounding watersheds. So far, in line with the WRM Act No. 21 of 2011, stakeholders with support from GIZ AWARE implemented two (2) catchment protection measures in the jurisdiction of Magoye and the Mutama-Bweengwa Water User Associations (WUAs).
In this context, GIZ is seeking a suitable candidate for the following position:
Advisor – Community Engagement for Integrated Watershed Management and Catchment Protection (Lusaka based)
This position shall support the activities of AWARE in ensuring community engagement in planning and implementation of 14 IWsM and CPM measures in the jurisdiction of four (4) WUAs in Southern and Central Province.
Main tasks and responsibilities:
Community engagement during planning and implementation of 16 IWsM and CPM
Technical support
Developing community-led approaches for integrated Watershed Management (IWsM) and Catchment Protection in the Lower Kafue Sub-Catchment
Planning and implementation of community engagement
Development of localised stakeholder maps including grassroot interest groups relevant to the implementation of IWsM and CPM and a community engagement strategy
Supporting stakeholders and WUAs in the development of micro watershed plans/ IWsM Road maps
Organising workshops for stakeholders on district and community level on integrated Watershed Management (IWsM) and Catchment Protection Measures
Development of suitable training material
Supervision of implementation of CPM through regular monitoring visits to the project area in Mazabuka / Monze / Pemba / Mumbwa
Assisting the team with the development of a compendium on IWsM and CPM in Zambia
Maintaining an excellent working relationship between GIZ, MoA (all levels), MWDSEP (all levels), WARMA, local communities and traditional authorities
In a team of three, being jointly responsible for the successful implementation of 16 IWsM/CPM measures
Other duties/additional tasks
Performing any other tasks as requested by project management
Qualifications and requirements:
Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, e.g. Development Studies, Community Engagement, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Management, Agricultural Water Management, etc.
Professional experience:
At least 5 years of professional experience in community engagement and capacity development, preferably linked to smallholder agriculture and/or water management
Demonstrable experience in capacity development/training of individuals, households and communities and facilitating workshops and training
Demonstrable experience in developing community-led solutions/implementation of measures
Demonstrable experience in engaging with local communities
Extensive knowledge of the project area Southern and Central Province
Demonstrable experience in the field of climate change, environmental science, water resources management
Demonstrable political, advisory and facilitation skills is an added advantage
Experience in working for an international organisation is an added advantage
Knowledge, additional competences:
Must be self-motivated and proactive
Must have strong analytical skills
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Knowledge on behavioural change
Knowledge of process management and experience with formal and informal multi-actor networks is an added advantage
Ability to manage and prioritise own workload
Excellent IT skills (MS Office Suite, especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; online research); ability to learn new tools an added advantage
Impeccable English language skills, especially strong writing skills (e.g. professional letters, project descriptions and PR material)
Excellent Tonga speaking skills are essential
Existing professional network with core actors in the water sector in Zambia is an added advantage
Good knowledge of the WRM Act No. 21 of 2011 and decentralised water governance structures in Zambia is an added advantage
Willingness to travel frequently within Zambia
The successful candidate will be expected to start full-time employment with GIZ, on a fixed term contract, as soon as possible. Interested candidates must send their CVs and cover letters electronically quoting GIZ_AWA_CMIWsM in the subject line to: by 17:00 hrs on Wednesday, 2nd June 2021. GIZ will only assess applications which meet the following criteria:
Cover letters must be sent in MS Word format, with using font type Arial, size 11. In the first paragraph, please outline your motivation for applying for the position. In the second paragraph, outline your experience in community engagement for integrated watershed management (IWsM) and catchment protection.
CVs must not exceed three (3) pages and must be submitted in PDF.
Certificates, qualifications, etc. must not be attached to the application.
Traceable references of previous engagements must be provided.
Please note that only applicants selected for interview will be contacted. GIZ is committed to be an equal opportunities employer, therefore, women and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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