Type of contract: Fixed Term
Contracted hours: 35
Contract length: 1 year
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
Closing date: 15 July 2020
Interview date: 20 July 2020
The position is accountable for all programmatic, management, program development, influencing and partnership aspects of the economic justice workstream. As a key role within the Christian Aid Malawi and Zimbabwe Country programmes, the position will be based either in Lilongwe or Harare, with regular travel to various districts for meetings with partners, programme participants and stakeholders. The Economic Justice Coordinator will oversee effective management and relationships with relevant external stakeholders, provide oversight over projects in the economic justice workstream, including financial and program quality oversight, lead in preparing and developing high quality proposals and concept notes for economic justice interventions, review and approve progress and donor reports, and enhance internal and external learning and representation. In addition, the Economic Justice Coordinator will also identify new project ideas and funding in line with the thematic area.
What we Are Looking For
We are seeking to recruit a dynamic senior professional with experience in economic justice programming, leading teams, working with local and INGO partners, programme coordination, project management, programme design, and representation.
- Support the development and implementation of economic justice activities – including ensuring coherence, standardized approaches, and programme quality, and quality reporting to donors, across the economic justice programme and advise on economic justice elements in other programmes;
- In collaboration with other programme and advocacy leads, support the integration of programmes and policy to ensure that programmes are working towards achieving same aims, and leveraging impact in line with Christian Aid Malawi and Zimbabwe Country Strategies;
- Support team and partner risk analysis related to programme activities before implementation and provide strategic steer on amending activities and approaches where necessary;
- Working with the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager; support economic justice programme teams and partners in developing and applying appropriate monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) tools in relation to Christian Aid’s economic justice work in Malawi and Zimbabwe;
- Support the development and implementation of national programme evaluations, learning events and specific programme-related research activities on economic justice;
- Support economic justice programme staff and partners in mainstreaming gender throughout Christian Aid Malawi and Zimbabwe work;
- Support the identification of capacity building needs and opportunities for Christian Aid Malawi and Zimbabwe staff and local partner organisations;
- Support the development and implementation of capacity-building plans and design and deliver trainings as appropriate;
- Directly line-manage Project staff, ensuring implementation of Christian Aid Malawi and Zimbabwe’s performance management policies and procedures;
Programme Design and Strategy
- Lead on the development of a comprehensive economic justice strategies for Christian Aid Malawi and Zimbabwe, which include elements of economic justice programming and projects, and advocacy and policy efforts, working towards a transition into longer-term programmes that links closely with the economic justice change goal and a strong partnership approach. This includes defining the strategy, designing approaches, identifying key partners and supporting (or leading when relevant) programme teams and partners in developing (funding) proposals and reviewing and revising current projects to meet changing needs and requirements;
- Lead on programme design and proposal development for projects that fall under the economic justice pillar of work, and/or support the proposal lead on integrated multisector interventions;
- Provide specialist economic justice technical advice and support to partners on the implementation of Christian Aid Malawi and Zimbabwe’s interventions and approaches (e.g. developing strategies/policies on economic justice, poverty reduction, urban/rural development, social protection, access to markets, promoting inclusive markets, financial inclusion, empowering SME, Village savings Loans etc);
- Participate in in-country economic justice planning, strategy development and reviews;
- Maintain an up-to-date and comprehensive understanding of livelihoods issues in both Malawi and Zimbabwe and ensure that programme teams are operating according to emerging evidence on what works, and what does not work, within the Malawi/Zimbabwe and Southern Africa context and legal frameworks;
Representation & Influencing
- Represent Christian Aid Malawi and Zimbabwe externally in relevant NGO or government coordination fora; develop alliances with organisations and other relevant stakeholders working on economic justice with a view to enhancing coordination, and adopting complementary approaches including active participation in relevant coordination and planning mechanisms;
- Attend donor meetings when relevant and organize field visits as required;
- Support advocacy and campaigning on economic justice issues, and advise on relevant research so that influencing and policy work is based on sound programmatic evidence;
- Build a network of partnerships (formal and informal) to engage with on programmes and for policy, advocacy and influencing.
Skills, Experience & Knowledge
- Master’s degree in Economics/Social sciences/Agricultural Economics or related field with at least 8 years of experience in NGO work (e.g. developing strategies/policies on economic justice, poverty reduction, urban/rural development, social protection, farmers access to markets, empowering SME, Village savings Loans etc);
- Sound knowledge of Southern Africa’s social, economic and political issues and strong knowledge of and engagement with civil society, and an understanding of/experience with the private sector in Malawi and Zimbabwe;
- Proven ability to analyse complex environments at the local and national level, monitor changes and translate into appropriate strategic advice;
- At least 8 years of experience in project management, including planning, budgeting, monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning;
- Well-developed interpersonal and team leadership skills and proven ability to be flexible in demanding situations and to work under pressure and in response to changing needs;
- Excellent communicator with proven ability to build relationships with a variety of stakeholders (local partners, municipalities, etc);
- Ability to work flexibly and under pressure;
- Ability to travel to project areas for outreach and participation in meetings/events;
- Experience in working with and developing the capacity of staff and partners;
As part of this assessment process, you are requested to send a written narrative outlining how fit for this role, according to your skills, knowledge, past or current responsibilities/experiences.
You are also requested to answer the two competencies below
- Tell us about a time when you had to build relationships with different individuals or other organisations to further your own organisation’s goals
- What was the context?
- What were your responsibilities?
- What actions did you take? Why?
- What were the results of your actions? How did you know you had furthered your organisation’s goals?
- Please tell us about a time when you adapted or amended your original decision because it did not produce the expected or desired result?
- What was the context? What was the original decision? Why did it not produce the desired results?
- What was your task?
- What action(s) did you take to review and then adapt the decision? Why? How?
- What was the outcome? What was the impact on you/your team/the organisation?
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